• Day 2: Thursday, 30 August 2018
  • 11:00-12:30
  • Room: Tent

Discussion Forum 16: Bringing Rangelands into the Sustainable Landscapes Agenda


Despite some promising initiatives to apply the landscape approach to a diversity of ecosystem types and an agenda that is gradually becoming more inclusive, so far the sustainable landscapes movement has focused primarily on forest ecosystems and landscapes where crop agriculture is prominent.

Rangeland landscapes, on the other hand, have their own distinctive social and biophysical characteristics.  The mobility of livestock keepers with their herds, for example, is both a way human communities adapt to their environment and a fundamental aspect of ecosystem dynamics. In dry rangeland settings, landscape approaches—even the very concept of what constitutes a landscape—must be re-imagined.

This forum will explore what the landscape approach can look like in rangelands, and how it can effectively contribute to the pursuit of global mechanisms and initiatives for sustainable landscapes.