noto satoyama satoumi meister training program

On-line Course

On-line Course

To Learn about Noto GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems)

Are you interested in learning about  culture, tradition, and nature of Noto peninsula that has been designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)?

This is a webpage of ‘Noto Satoyama Satoumi Meister Program (On-line Course in English)’ provided by Kanazawa University. This course will provide you the opportunity to learn about the region through on-line lectures and a study tour.


To look at a leaflet: Click!


What is ‘Satoyama’ and ‘Satoumi’?

Satoyama and Satoumi are traditional landscapes (landscapes and seascapes), sustainably controlled by human activities, such as agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Since the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) was established in 2010, “Satoyama” has come into common usage worldwide, and has been regarded as an example of a model for sustainable societies that exist in harmony with nature.

atoyama and Satoumi in the Noto Peninsula, Japan, are nurtured by a harmonious relationship between agriculture, forestry, fishery and nature. Landscapes and seascapes, as products of longstanding interaction between human and nature, have received international acclaim as Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi, which were designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in 2011. However, Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi face deterioration, as recent human depopulation and aging demographics have led to less capacity for their management. Human capacity building is therefore essential to the revitalization of Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi.


What is the On-line Course in English?

This course is made up of two parts, on-line lectures and a study tour. Once you have completed this course, you will receive a proof of completion of Satoyama Satoumi Meister (on-line course).

*It is not a credit based on the School Education Law.


  • Course Objectives

– To learn present condition of, problems surrounding, and potential opportunities related to Satoyama and Satoumi by examining case studies in Noto, Japan and Ifugao, the Philippines.

– To consider how we can revitalize local communities in Satoyama and Satoumi, through the utilization of ecosystem services.

  • Course Overview

In 2007, Kanazawa University implemented the “Noto Satoyama Meister” training program (regular program in Japanese), with the aim of preparing young professionals up to 45 years old to start up environmental-friendly businesses in agriculture, forestry, fishery, and related industries, or to take on leadership roles within the Noto area. In 2014, the effort was extended to the GIAHS-designated Ifugao Rice Terrace, in the Philippines, where a lack of young farmers due to urbanization had also caused the abandonment of farmlands. This collaboration between the Noto Peninsula and the Ifugao Rice Terraces in human capacity building is recognized as an example of best practices in collaborative efforts in between GIAHS.

In 2016, the on-line program (both Japanese and English) was launched to provide opportunities to learn about Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi for those who cannot commute to attend the regular program. Throughout the course, students will learn the benefits of biodiversity conservation and the utilization of ecosystem services in the sustainable development of local communities in Satoyama and Satoumi.


1. On-line Lectures:

‘Living in Harmony with Nature: Satoyama and Satoumi in Japan and World’

Harvesting rice at Senmaida thousand rice terraces with people from the GIAHS-designated Ifugao Rice Terrace, in the Philippines

Length: 6 hours (1 hr 30 mins per lecture)

Paper Assignment: You will be given a paper assignment to be submitted by the end of August 2016.  This assignment will be on the topics discussed in the four lectures.

Lecture 1: Satoyama and Satoumi: definition, present condition and problems

Lecture 2: Human activities and biodiversity in Satoyama and Satoumi

Lecture 3: Global partnership through Satoyama conservation and advancement

Lecture 4: Living in harmony with nature in Satoyama and Satoumi



Paper Assignment: After watching the lectures, you will be asked to submit a paper assignment on topics related to lectures.


  • How to watch the on-line lectures
  • Watch the on-line lectures (only available for those who are registered)



2. Study Tour

Several study tours are prepared for the English on-line course to experience and learn about nature, tradition, and culture of Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi. The tour is provided by the staff members of Kanazawa University with English translation. You will have various opportunities to communicate with local people, discuss the topic among the participants of the tour, and visit various scenic or cultural spots.

Paper Assignment: After the tour, you will be given a paper assignment on topics related to the tour.

To view this year’s planned study tour (click!)

Study tour in 2016, at the top of Mt. Hodatsu


How to apply?

  • To join the Satoyama Satoumi Meister Program (On-line Course in English), please apply from here.



Kanazawa University Noto School, 33-7 Kodomari, Misaki-machi, Suzu, Ishikawa Pref., 927-1462 JAPAN

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