Examples of whole landscape approaches
Over the past few decades, numerous land managers seeking to address the challenges of food production, ecosystem management and rural development have reached across traditional sectoral boundaries to forget partnership to solve what are clearly inter-connected problems. Their work reflects a ‘whole landscape’ or ‘integrated landscape’ approach that seeks to meet the full range of needs from the land and resource base.
Collected case material
Hundreds of these initiatives have been identified, but few have been rigorously evaluated in terms of their benefits for agricultural production, human well-being and ecosystems. Nonetheless, some
documentation has been done on dozens of landscape cases, illustrating the potential for major impacts.
EcoAgriculture Partners began a few years ago to collect case material and impact studies, and this work is now being systematized more comprehensively through the Global Review of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative. This document provides an interim overview of the nature and scale of impacts reports from 23 integrated landscape initiatives all over the world, with diverse aims and in diverse contexts.