4 December 2017
Julie Mollins

Digital summit: Insights into the landscape approach by expert panel

BONN, Germany (Landscape News) – The term “landscape” provides a conceptual framework for allocating and managing land to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental objectives in areas where agriculture, mining, and other productive land uses compete with environmental and biodiversity goals, according to a definitive research paper.

The landscape approach framework permits a broad view, cutting across ecosystems and land use types with the aim of establishing equilibrium between environmental and development objectives, recognizing the need for stakeholder involvement in management strategies.

Speakers at a digital summit on Dec. 5, will define the approach, offering a crash course on how a landscapes approach to strategic land management can transform the world.

“What we really need is a much more holistic approach to understand the interconnections between these different land uses, but also to capture the complexity of those land uses and make sure the management is integrated and simplified in a way that hasn’t been done before,” says Terry Sunderland, principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a co-author on “Ten principles for a landscape approach to reconciling agriculture, conservation, and other competing land uses.”

Addressing concerns over food security, climate change, biodiversity, the economy and the U.N. global development agenda in a unified way, rather than sector-by-sector, can permit greater beneficial global gains.

Join a panel of landscapes experts from CIFOR, the French International Center of Research and Agronomy for Development (CIRAD) and internationally recognized universities to learn more.

Register for the digital summit here.

Research paper: Ten principles for a landscape approach

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