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Mount Kailash is a peak in the Kailash Range, which forms part of the Transhimalaya in Tibet. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River.

The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) is a collaborative transboundary initiative that aims to promote conservation and development. It is implemented in China, India, and Nepal and facilitated by ICIMOD (funded by DFID-UKaid and BMZ-GIZ).

Landscape Partnerships for Sustainable Development: A Policy Brief

Achieving the SDGs Through Integrated Landscape Management


  • Melissa Thaxton
  • Thomas Forster
  • Peter Hazlewood
  • Leida Mercado
  • Constance Neely
  • Sara Scherr
  • Louis Wertz
  • Sylvia Wood
  • Edoardo Zandri


December 4, 2015

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Uprooting the drivers of poverty, inequality and food insecurity requires an overhaul of the current development paradigm. This will require replacing the siloed, sectoral approach to development with integrated models that simultaneously achieve multiple goals. Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) is the answer to this call. Catch the highlights of how ILM can attain a future based in sustainability.


Indivisible and Universal

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda lays out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets that are universally applicable to all nations. These goals are indivisible and require that Member States and the international community implement them in an integrated manner. Collaborative planning and action at landscape scale is an essential foundation for establishing coherence in policy and action across all levels and scales.

Integrated goals calls for an integrated platform

Integrated Landscape Management allows communities  to manage the underpinning natural resource base and ecosystem services in a coordinated way to meet societal needs in the short and long term. The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative proposes integrated landscape management (ILM) as a fundamental means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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