Landscape functions and people

As natural resources managers and planners, we are increasingly confronted with large scale developments like globalisation, changing markets, increased resource exploitation and climate change. The landscape approach seeks to link site-level actions to these broader perspectives. This requires new insights in landscape dynamics – and new practical planning tools that differ significantly from conventional practice.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Mon 18 November 2013 until Fri 29 November 2013

Strategic approaches for climate-smart, sustainable and productive landscapes

Dealing with claims, conflicts, and multi-stakeholder processes

Democratisation and decentralised natural resource governance have led to stronger stakeholder involvement, turning natural resource management into complex processes, driven by local, regional and global interests. Often, claims overlap, and trade-offs have to be made.
Conflicting interests highlight the need for scaling up local operations to a level where issues at stake can be addressed effectively. Usually, this requires more integration between different sectors and administrative units in which decisions concerning the landscape are made. Designing governance structures beyond borders is one of the major contributions of the landscape level approach.

This course, organised in cooperation with RECOFT Centre For People and Forest ,provides the means to successfully implement a landscape approach. Through a ‘learning by doing’ approach, participants have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with current landscape approaches, and to develop practical skills and experience in the use of principles and tools for landscape level planning, monitoring and implementation in their own working environment. Participants are expected to bring their own case-materials

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • understand the context, principles and relevance of the landscape approach for natural resource governance in today's changing world;
  • understand how landscape-level planning processes can be developed and how they can be facilitated ‘on the ground’;
  • be familiar with a variety of tools for landscape-level strategic planning and gain experience in applying and adapting these;
  • understand how landscape approaches can contribute to improved decision-making, sustainable management and monitoring of natural resources.

Target audience

Participants need to have several years of professional work experience in the fields of natural resources management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, sustainable development or other relevant areas. Competence in the English language is necessary.