Course Details - Landscape Governance

From forests to landscapes

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. This is why landscapes are increasingly considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options. Within forested landscapes food production, commodity agriculture, biodiversity, resource extraction and other land uses are competing for space. Negotiation and conflict mediation between stakeholders and their interests are therefore increasingly needed and a new breed of professionals is high in demand.

Landscapes and governance

Over the last decade ‘governance’ as a term has gained wide currency in relation to public and natural resources management. Governance can be described as a process in which policy development and implementation is based on cooperation between representatives from the government, the market and civil society.

Landscapes however, are rarely recognised as a formal level within the decentralised administrative system of states. Therefore, it is often hard to tally formal planning and decision making processes with the specific dynamics of landscapes. By lack of formal governance structures, landscape governance is therefore characterised as being a shared responsibility of civil society groups, private sector actors and local governments. In many places, these actors are experimenting with their newly assigned roles as co-developers and implementers of landscape governance. Professionals who are able to facilitate these often complex multi-stakeholder processes are in high demand. Are you ready to become one?

Using a variety of training methods

This unique course is organised by Wageningen University & Research in close collaboration with CIFOR and ICRAF, both having vast experience in forest and society related research. Together, we offer you a stimulating learning environment, in which you will be updated on the state-of-the-art in forest- and landscape related research. Moreover, you will be challenged to share your own work and reflect on your current practices together with your course mates from all over the world.

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