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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.
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.
To celebrate World Food Day 2014, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with The National Geographic Society, will be organizing a discussion on “Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth – Family Farming in the 21st Century”More Info
To achieve the SDGs by 2030 will require a radically different paradigm of development than was applied to the Millennium Development Goals. A new approach that breaks down sectoral barriers, capitalizes on synergies in land uses and human development, and strengthens coordination and participation of a wide range of stakeholders is needed. Integrated landscape management (ILM) is that approach. This paper makes the case for how we get there.More Info
Summarizing and synthesizing the latest policy research on the state of land management in Africa, this brief provides a foundation and suggests major avenues for the critical policy action needed to launch integrated landscape management into the mainstream on the continent.More Info
In July 2014, nearly 200 highly regarded experts, practitioners and policy makers from across Africa and around the world came together over three days to synthesize lessons learned from research and experience in integrated landscape management to jointly achieve food security, biodiversity and climate objectives. The gathering was called the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference. We generated a powerful set of policy and programmatic recommendations for national, regional and international action. And we committed to moving these plans forward. Now we need your help. [également disponible en Français]More Info
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The Naivasha Landscape consists mainly of the Lake Naivasha watershed or catchment basin, which supports a highly vibrant intensive irrigation-based agriculture for cut flowers, livestock and dairy farming, geothermal power production, fishery and tourism industry.Visit Landscape
This Amazonian landscape is greatly affected by illegal deforestation and conflicts over land tenure.Visit Landscape