To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, Landscapes News is publishing a series of stories honoring women with a laurel for their dedication to improving the landscape. In this profile, Louis Wertz of EcoAgriculture Partners writes about Louise Buck. Check Viewpoint all week for more laurel recipients.
Louise Buck is director of collaborative management at EcoAgriculture Partners. She has been an innovator in collaborative landscape management processes for three decades, and continues that work in Bangladesh, Brazil, and Kenya in 2018.
She provides leadership for the generation, analysis and implementation of innovations to integrate agriculture and national resource management knowledge, sectors and land uses at landscape scale.
She has led EcoAgriculture Partners’ capacity-building work since the organization’s founding, developing and piloting training materials to improve leadership, multi-stakeholder facilitation, and technical abilities for integrated landscape leaders around the world.
She is also a Senior Extension Associate with the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, leading the joint EcoAgriculture Partners – Cornell University Landscape Measures Initiative, and the Cornell Ecoagriculture Working Group.
At Cornell she co-instructs cross-disciplinary courses that connect students with real-world problem-solving in integrated landscape initiatives.
In 2018, among many other herculean efforts, Louise is leading the development of collaborative landscape management processes to achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Barind Tract region of Bangladesh, together with the 2030 Water Resources Group, International Finance Corporation and the government of Bangladesh.
The Barind Tract in the Bengal Basin faces serious impacts from climate change in the form of extreme drought/flood variability.
Only by developing integrated management plans will Bangladesh be able to adapt to these changes and create a thriving future in the one of the most rapidly urbanizing countries on Earth.