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Operationalising the landscape approach for biodiversity and benefits: Policy, practice and people

As of: April 2021

Landscape approaches offer solutions to avoid utilisation competition and conflicting goals while enhancing potential synergies. However, the implementation and – above all – evaluation of the landscape approach has yet to be broadly established. This project is using a variety of partners and stakeholders to operationalise the landscape approach and ensure its implementation in practice. Key players are being networked at several levels to ensure they benefit from the implementation of the landscape approach. The main focus of this project is on national policy and processes, so as to increase awareness of the value of biological diversity. The project is funding resources and skills aimed at improving the integration of biodiversity into national policies and land development planning. This is being achieved by the organisation of a comprehensive public relations programme, as well as cooperation with political decision-makers and other target groups at the national and international level.

State of implementation/results

  • The project conducted a methods and metrics workshop in Cambridge/UK, 02/2019, bringing together all country teams and select University partners from University of British Columbia, University of Amsterdam and Cambridge.
  • In Indonesia and Zambia the national inception workshops have been conducted successfully.
  • Project team members have published an article mapping the current state of knowledge on landscape approaches. The article was published in Land Use Policy
  • Project team members hosted a session at the Global Landscapes Forum biodiversity event ‘One World, One Health’ that focused on their attempts to operationalize landscape approaches.
  • All PhD candidates have completed drafts of their first journal articles and are now working on feedback from supervisors.

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Project data

Ghana, Indonesia, Zambia

Political partner(s):
  • Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Forestry Commission - Ghana
  • Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection - Zambia

Implementing partner(s):
  • Community Based Natural Resources Forum (CBNRM-Forum)
  • Community-Based Rural Development Program – Phase 3 (PNGT2-3)
  • Directorate-General for the Green Economy and Climate Change (DGEVCC)
  • Riak Bumi

BMU grant:
4.995.604,00 €

06/2018  till  05/2023

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