From local to global and from production to conservation; in any given landscape we find many functions and interests. For sustainable landscapes it is key to understand how these interests are balanced in rules and decision-making processes, and how this influences the behavior of actors in the landscape. Tropenbos International and EcoAgriculture Partners have developed the Landscape Governance Assessment. This is a tool to facilitate the participatory analysis of the rules and decision-making processes in the landscape. It allows landscape stakeholders to better understand the governance of their landscape, and to collaboratively identify opportunities for improvements. Tropenbos International has already conducted the Landscape Governance Assessment in 15 landscapes across 9 countries. In this Landscape Talk we will introduce the tool and share experiences with its application in the Philippines. We believe that the Landscape Governance Assessment can be a valuable tool for others working in landscapes across the globe. Landscape governance is often perceived as a complex and abstract concept, but this tool helps facilitate an important dialogue on governance and its influence on the landscape’s sustainable future. It stimulates landscape thinking among stakeholders and leads to the identification of opportunities for strengthening landscape governance. With this landscape talk, we wish to share our experiences with the Landscape Governance Assessment with the GLF community and invite others to apply the tool in their landscapes.
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