Landscape Strengthening

Challenge

Many solutions leading to multiple benefits from agricultural landscapes have been spearheaded and implemented by producer and community organizations. Scaling up these activities and impacts, however, often requires partnering with other stakeholder groups in the landscape. Meanwhile, landscape investments being promoted by governments, NGOs, and businesses tend to have limited input from small producers and communities into their objectives and design, nor are the interests of such groups likely to be accommodated in multi-stakeholder processes. Effort is needed, therefore, to bridge these stakeholder groups to support truly effective multi-stakeholder coordination and collaboration in achieving the full range of benefits from landscapes.

In addition, the recent explosion of landscape innovations on the ground that are being led by different stakeholders is occurring in diverse settings from forest management to watershed planning, agrobiodiversity initiatives, and many more. Lessons from these investments have not yet been widely shared between these communities of practice. Therefore, a second challenge is to bridge the emerging knowledge networks and diverse communities advancing integrated landscape action.

Objective

The Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative (LPFN) seeks to strengthen ongoing investments in multi- stakeholder agricultural landscapes to meet the full set of needs from the rural land base—including sustainable, climate-resilient production of food and fiber, watershed management, biodiversity conservation, bio-energy, terrestrial climate mitigation, and rural livelihoods.

Strategy

The Initiative adopted a collaborative learning strategy for engaging landscape managers, researchers and policymakers across diverse communities of practice and geographies. This international platform is designed for sharing information across learning landscapes, fostering multi-stakeholder dialogue, and generating and synthesizing knowledge on landscape approaches, tools, and innovations.

Recognizing diverse aspects and aspirations for landscape management including strengthening of existing initiatives and the formation of new landscape platforms worldwide, the LPFN’s learning landscapes are selected and mentored to help facilitate the exchange of relevant experiences and lessons with a network of other landscape leaders and communities of practice, through collaborative learning activities.

Activities

Strengthening Learning Landscapes

The Initiative currently is working to help strengthen a strategic selection of learning landscapes in which LPFN partners are intimately engaged and that stand to generate important lessons for others. The Lari-Kijabe landscape in Kenya, Imarisha Naivasha in Kenya, Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Kenya, the Maasai Steppe Heartland in Tanzania, the Mbeya landscape in Tanzania, learning watershed networks in Ethiopia, and the Gampola landscape in Sri Lanka are among landscapes with which the Initiative is facilitating collaborative dialogue and the development of Landscape Strengthening Action Plans to help scale-up and share their successes.

Facilitating Collaborative Learning

To collectively build a strong international platform of learning around landscape approaches, the Initiative engages in the following types of collaborative learning activities in landscapes with partners of the LPFN:

  • Thematic and regional leadership courses that bring together leaders from learning landscapes to build competencies in knowledge domains such as landscape governance, landscape labeling and other marketing innovations, landscape planning and design, monitoring and evaluation, leadership development  and others that  support integrated landscape approaches;
  • Regional knowledge events and networking , including exchange visits, the exchange of tools and resource materials, regional conferences, and thematic workshops to share experiences and lessons learned;
  • Case studies that document and communicate landscapes’ defining experiences within their respective contexts from which others stand to learn;
  • Collaborative production of knowledge products including a training manual on monitoring and evaluating sustainable land management from a landscape perspective, a review of the state of landscape governance, a landscape labeling guide, a spatial planning guide, a ground based photo-monitoring guide and others.
  • An online knowledge sharing portal, including profiles of landscapes, lessons learned, landscape tools and methodologies, ideas for developing financial resources and more.

 

Partner With Us

The Landscapes Strengthening Working Group is looking for landscapes to join our network, to benefit from the cumulative knowledge of a global group of fellow practitioners, and to contribute to improving landscape investments for multiple benefits around the world. To get involved, please contact Working Group Co-leaders Louise Buck at lbuck@ecoagriculture.org, Chris Planicka at cplanicka@ecoagriculture.org, or Constance Neely at c.neely@cgiar.org

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