International seminar in Umeå – March 17th. Join the global dialogue about where the natural resource management is heading. Landscape approaches are widely used, but the delineation of what constitutes a “landscape” for analytical, planning and management purposes is not always obvious.
This seminar presents Pros and Cons with Landscape approaches in practice to meet future food and other competing demands in low income countries. The seminar also discusses how Landscape approaches differ from more traditional sectoral and project-based approaches considering environmental, economical and sociopolitical points of views. Numerous attempts to secure consensus around major tropical land conversion projects illustrate the potential and the difficulties of reaching broad agreement on such issues.
The main driver of rural landscape
The main driver of rural landscape change in coming decades is the rapid land use expansion and intensification required for increased food production and for wood and energy crops. Landscape approaches are widely used to analyse growing pressures on our natural resources, but the delineation of what constitutes a “landscape” for analytical, planning and management purposes are not always obvious.
The challenge in agricultural landscapes is often to bring about transformational change while maintaining the attributes of the landscape that provide resilience to undesirable changes. There are challenges at many levels, but governance issues and those of poor institutional capacity are judged by practitioners and other experts to be the most pervasive.
The delineation of a landscape
Decisions are seldom taken on the landscape level. In addition, the identification and delineation of what constitutes a “landscape” for analytical, planning and management purposes are not always obvious. Numerous attempts to secure consensus around major tropical land conversion projects and the widespread use of the principle of free, prior, and informed consent illustrate the potential and the difficulties of reaching broad agreement on such issues.
Follow the global dialogue
The target audience is governments, civil society, the private sector and academia. The seminar gives the audience an opportunity to closely follow the global dialogue between e.g. CIFOR, WWF, SLU and Sida, were the natural resource management is heading.
A policy brief
The seminar is a collaboration between Think tank for international forestry issues (SIFI), Swedish International Agricultural Network Initative (SIANI) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). It will result in a policy brief sorting out the true challenges of the Landscape approach. It is directed to decision makers working with the landscape approach in practice in low-income countries.
13.00 Welcome, Moderator Dr. Fredrik Ingemarson, Program Manager, SIFI
13.05 Introduction to landscape approaches and future food demand, Dr. Björn Lundgren, Board Member, Think Tank for International Forestry Issues, SIFI
13.15 Landscape approaches to reconcile competing land uses, Dr. Liz Deakin, Post Doctoral Fellow, Center for International Forestry Research, CIFOR
14.00 Landscape approaches versus sectoral approaches, Mia Crawford, Deputy Director, Ministry of Enterprice and innovation
14.20 Practical experiences from WWF, Peter Westman, Environmental Protection Manager, World Wildlife Fund, WWF (TBC)
14.40 Coffee break
15.00 Comments from the social point of view, Ass. Prof. Camilla Sandström, Head of research Future Forest, Umeå University
15.20 Comments from the ecosystem services points of view, Prof. Anders Malmer, Director SLU Global, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU
15.40 Comments from the economical point of view, Prof. Sten Nilsson, Board Member, SIFI
16.00 Panel discussion and questions from the audience, Speakers, Ola Möller, Senior Policy Specialist, Sida and Ambassador Lennart Båge, Board Member, SIFI
16.45 Final remarks and announcements regarding the policy brief, Jan Heino, Senior Specialist and Board Member, SIFI
17.00 End of seminar and way forward, Madeleine Fogde, Senior Project manager, SIANI
Project contact: Dr. Fredrik Ingemarson
Picture: The Atlas Mountains-Morocco, Dr. Alexander Buck