Digital Summit

What is the Landscape Approach?

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Date:5 December 2017

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Integrated landscape approaches are regularly touted as a potential means to reconcile local socio-economic and global environmental challenges. The landscape represents an ideal scale at which to implement strategies and evaluate progress of initiatives designed towards more sustainable outcomes for both people and nature. As such, landscape approaches are increasingly acknowledged within global environmental policy discourse and have generated discussion and debate within the scientific and practitioner communities.

However, despite this momentum, there remains a lack of consensus on: how to define a landscape approach; how to best apply the approach in practice; and what is the appropriate spatial scale for implementation and analysis.

The Global Landscapes Forum has recognized these challenges since its inauguration and continues to stimulate the dialogue to enhance the discourse and ultimately generate meaningful solutions at the landscape scale. In anticipation of the forthcoming GLF Bonn, this digital summit presents a timely opportunity for a select group of experts and the broader GLF community to engage in a discussion that will directly address the pressing issues of definition, implementation and scale of landscape approaches.


Our Speakers

Cora van Oosten

Cora van Oosten is a Human Geographer with over 25 years of international experience in landscape approaches, governance, and participatory planning. She has worked as senior adviser, project manager and team leader, usually on long term assignment in Africa (Kenya, Burkina Faso, Ghana), Latin America (Bolivia) and Asia (Cambodia). At present, Cora is employed as senior project leader at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (Wageningen University, Netherlands), where she is in charge of a project portfolio related to landscape approaches, landscape restoration, and landscape governance. All her activities have a strong component of capacity development. To this end, Cora and her team have developed a ‘landscape capability framework’, which, together with (public and private) partners, they apply to enhance landscape capabilities worldwide, with the aim to manage, govern and restore landscapes in an economically viable and socially acceptable manner.

James Reed

James Reed is a researcher at The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). James has a background in ecology with a particular interest in ecosystem service provision. His current research is primarily concerned with strategies to reconcile social and environmental issues within tropical landscapes. He recently led CIFOR and partner’s review of integrated landscape approaches in the tropics that charts the development of landscape approach theory and identifies where, and how effectively, such initiatives have been implemented.

Claude Garcia

Claud Garcia i an tropical ecologist working for the French International Centre of Research and Agronomy for Development (CIRAD), in the Research Unit “Forest and Societies.” Since 2012, he has taked the lead of the Forest Management and Development Team, in the Department of Earth System Sciences of ETH Zürich, in Switzerland. His research aims at understanding tropical landscapes under change. I develop approaches to address (i) ecosystem and their processes, (ii) stakeholders and their strategies and (iii) the norms and institutions the latter establish to regulate access to the former. With his team, he analyzes the drivers and strategies involved in the decision-making processes of stakeholders, with tools such as Companion Modeling. His goal is to let people explore alternative futures, and help them turn them into reality.Claude has 12 years experience working in South and Southeast Asia. He has also worked in the Congo Basin, and more recently in Colombia, being fluent in French, Spanish and English.Twitter: @ClaudeAGarciaLinkedIn:

Joern Fischer

Joern Fischer is a Professor at the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany. His core research interest is the sustainable development of social-ecological systems. To this end, he has worked on landscapes in Australia, Romania and Ethiopia. His research team has worked on a wide range of topics, ranging from conservation biology to questions of governance and justice. He sees the landscape approach as a promising boundary object to bring together scientists from different disciplines, as well as research actors and local stakeholders.

Mirjam Ros-Tonen

Mirjam Ros-Tonen is a human geographer with a PhD in Policy Sciences, working in transdiciplinary contexts. She is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies of the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research and the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies at UvA. Her research interests include tropical forest governance, landscape governance, integrated landscape approaches, urban-rural linkages, and knowledge co-creation for sustainable landscapes. She coordinates the ‘Inclusive Value Chain Collaboration’ project funded under WOTRO’s Global Challenge Programme that is being carried out in Ghana and South Africa, and the “Putting heads together” project on knowledge co-creation for food security, and is Dutch co-applicant of the Treefarms project carried out with the Forestry Commission and University of Energy and Natural Resources in Ghana, which explores the potential for food and income security of introducing shade-tolerant species in reforestation schemes. She supervises several PhD students who work in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, South Africa, and Indonesia, with completed trajectories also including Brazil, Honduras and Cameroon. Mirjam is Associated Editor with Environmental Management (Springer).


About GLF Digital Summits

Attendance to our Digital Summits is open to all. GLF partners as well as other nonprofit organisations or individuals working in the area of forestry, sustainable development, agriculture, ecosystems, public health and design are especially encouraged to register.

Our summits are attended a wide variety of landscapes practitioners: there is no barrier for entry beyond a passion for solving complex problems!

We do not ask for a participation fee, but we like all participants to actively engage into the online discussion during the digital summit.

The summits are moderated via BlueJeans, an online tool running within any internet browser. It only requires participants to have a good and reliable Internet connection and a computer/tablet running any browser.