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The organization Seed Coleus Greenhouse is in the process of establishing socio-ecological production landscapes in the plain area adjacent to the river in Jhulin Village, Yanshui Dist., Tainan City. The community, named after the Seed Coleus Greenhouse, functions as a research base supported by National Cheng Kung University for the implementation of the Satoyama Initiative. The chairman of Seed Coleus Greenhouse is Prfo. Yen-Hsun Su in National Cheng Kung University. Also we are a member of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative. Collaborating closely with local residents, NGOs, and governmental organizations, the organization has established a co-management system known as the Tainan New Agriculture Biotech Production and Marketing Cooperative, led by Dr. Chen-Piao Yen. This cooperative is actively engaged in regional activities related to new agriculture, encompassing aspects such as biodiversity, luminous plants, and carbon credit initiatives. These activities aim to promote and support socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS), contributing to the enhancement of biodiversity and the well-being of the local community.












Activities: Region activity of new agriculture including biodiversity, glowing plant and carbon sink

Strategic objectives:

Objective 1. Knowledge Co-Production, Management, and Uptake for SEPLS
Objective 2. Institutional Frameworks and Capacity Development for SEPLS
Objective 3. Area-Based Coserevation Measures for SEPLS 
Objective 4. Ecosystem Restoration for SEPLS
Objective 5. Sustainable Value Chain Development for SEPLS


We advocate for the comprehension and establishment of co-production, management, and utilization strategies for dynamic mosaics of habitats and other lands within socio-ecological production landscapes, aligning with biodiversity management principles outlined in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Our efforts involve consolidating collective wisdom to ensure the preservation of diverse ecosystem services and values. 
The carbon credits generated from these dynamic mosaics serve as a vital resource, offering humans the means to engage in financing activities, acquire essential goods, and access services crucial for their livelihoods, survival, and overall well-being
in a sustainable manner.

We promote dynamic mosaics for six perspectives based on the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework:
• Utilizing resources in harmony with the carrying capacity and resilience of the environment;
• Implementing cyclic use of natural resources;
• Acknowledging and valuing local and indigenous traditions and culture;
• Encouraging multi-stakeholder participation and collaboration in the sustainable and multi-functional management of natural resources and ecosystem services;
• Contributing to sustainable socio-economies, encompassing poverty reduction, food security, sustainable livelihoods, and empowerment of local communities;
• Enhancing community resilience to attain multiple benefits, including ecological, social, cultural, spiritual, and economic advantages, through ecosystem-based approaches for climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.

Glowing plant: 

The phenomenon of 'variegation,' denoting changes in the coloration of stems, leaves, and other plant parts, becomes particularly noteworthy in the context of our carbon fixation test. The carbon fixation test was carried out utilizing common indoor daikon leaves (average weight 235 g), which exhibited a remarkable 40.6% increase in carbon-fixing capacity. The research on the greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting program is endorsed by the National Science and Technology Council of Taiwan. Our approach involves the integration of traditional ecological knowledge with modern science to foster innovation. Furthermore, we have established a novel form of co-management systems or evolving frameworks, often referred to as "commons," while respecting traditional communal land tenure. This initiative has been recognized and is set to receive the Silver Award in Corporate Social Responsibility at the 2023 Muse Creative Awards. (Activity of greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting program for glowing plants

Carbon Credit: 
We conduct research on the parameters associated with carbon emission reduction, focusing on resource utilization, the cyclic use of natural resources, sustainable multi-functional management of natural resources and ecosystem services, as well as the development of sustainable socio-economies that enhance community resilience through ecosystem-based approaches for climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. Our strategic plan involves the creation of a greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting program with the issuance of Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) specifically designed for the management of Socio-Ecological Productive Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS). This initiative aims to channel financial resources towards activities that effectively reduce and remove emissions, improve livelihoods, and protect the natural environment.

As the above mentioned, we focus on:
1. Improve understanding and importance of social-ecological-productive landscapes through the following three areas of work:
A. Knowledge facilitation: Facilitate the exchange of experiences and lessons learned across countries by collecting, analyzing and comparing case studies, and applying this knowledge to efforts aimed at building capacity.
B. Policy research: Undertake research on policies covering services that enhance ecosystem stability. Explore the intersection between traditional ecological knowledge systems and modern science, delving into innovative approaches like "new commons" for collaborative management. Investigate the maintenance and restoration of society, with a particular focus on ecological-production landscapes and the integration of relevant policies. 
C. Indicator research: Investigate the relationship between human well-being and the resilience of social-ecological-productive landscapes. Develop measurable indicators to assess and quantify this correlation, contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of these landscapes.

2. Maintenance and reconstruction of social-ecological-productive landscapes through the following two areas of work:
A. Capacity building: Enhance understanding of the Satoyama Initiative and the ability to implement it through education popularization, information dissemination and various training activities.
B. On-the-ground activities: Concentrating on the aforementioned four areas, actively participating in the Satoyama Initiative through individual projects (such as case studies) conducted by each member organization. Additionally, fostering collaborative activities among member organizations, encompassing both research initiatives and practical actions.

3. Maintain and rebuild socio-ecological productive landscapes and seascapes, using and managing their land and natural resources in a more sustainable way:
A. Gather and consolidate traditional knowledge and insights that contribute to ensuring diverse ecosystem services and values.
B. Integrate traditional ecological knowledge with contemporary scientific approaches to drive innovation and enhance understanding.
C. Investigate and develop novel co-management systems or structures, particularly those addressing "commons," while upholding and respecting traditional shared land ownership practices.

4. Implementing the sustainable use and management of natural resources involves utilizing resources within the environmental carrying capacity, recycling natural resources, understanding local traditions and culture, fostering multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration, contributing to a sustainable social economy, and enhancing community resilience. As part of this effort, introduce the concepts and operating principles of the "Satoyama Initiative" into agricultural communities on a pilot basis. This initiative aims to expand and deepen rural regeneration and revitalization.

5. Implementing innovative agricultural practices such as cultivating plants and establishing carbon sinks, combined with regional activities, aims to conserve and utilize socioecological-productive landscapes. This integrated approach seeks to enhance human welfare and actively contribute to achieving the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. These objectives involve the conservation of indigenous biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the equitable sharing of genetic resources derived from the utilization of biological diversity. By generating tangible benefits, this initiative strives to move towards a state of "harmony between human beings and nature."

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