Shaping National Policy to Support Landscape Approaches

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Policies and political abilities vary widely

Policies that support integrated landscape initiatives come in all shapes and sizes. Some may be simple regulatory changes, or increased government oversight of industry or improved management of protected areas. Increased governmental financial support for local governance is often critical. Tenure security and improved social justice are often key components. Whatever your landscape initiative needs from government, creating policy change from the landscape level requires a wide variety of skills and knowledge, as well as access and opportunity, that are often hard to come by. But these tools can be forged with commitment and cooperation.

Start by tweaking what exists

Policy goals for many integrated landscape initiatives include increased support for smallholder agricultural activity, clear and fair tenure systems, support for local governance and government-supported payments for ecosystem services. Changes in policies governing any number of natural resources can have big, and wide-ranging, effects on landscape dynamics. Yet public policies are often developed and implemented independently, rather than as part of a broad, integrated strategy. These sectoral approaches have their limits as inefficient or even conflicting, but well-intentioned, policy goals are pursued within the same landscapes.


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