The Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA) is a study of the interaction between humans and terrestrial-aquatic landscape ecosystems (satoyama) and marine-coastal ecosystems (satoumi) in Japan. It follows and applies the framework of sub-global assessments developed by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. It provided credible baselines for a number of key ecosystem services provided by satoyama and satoumi, identified future scenarios, and policy responses to address the decline in ecosystem services.
The assessment was intended to provide input into the Satoyama Initiative, an international effort jointly initiated by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies with the aim to promote socio-ecological production landscapes – drawing on lessons learnt from satoyama and satoumi in Japan.
A review panel of independent experts reviewed the JSSA.