Japan to keep backing Indonesia in biodiversity conservation: official (2)

14:27, June 05, 2010      

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Previously, he said that the Satoyama Initiative is an international effort promoting a concept with worldwide application in light of existing fundamental principles including the ecosystem approach.

"Our core vision is to realize societies in harmony with nature, that is, built on positive human-nature relationship," said Akitoshi.

He said that the initiative will target such areas as villages, farmland and adjacent woods and grasslands that have been formed and maintained through long-term human influence.

"By establishing harmonious relationship between human and nature, we expect the Satoyama Initiative to contribute at slowing the escalating loss of biodiversity worldwide, with dual impacts of retaining and enhancing the biodiversity found in human- influenced natural environments and promoting sustainable use of natural resources," he said.

In the process, the initiative may also help improve human well- being, for example, enhancing stable food production and income generation by applying pluralistic land uses and betterment of living conditions by promoting environmentally friendly biomass resources, the official said.

Source: Xinhua
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