CIFOR at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Growing Our Future!

22 – 26 Feb 2016, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines.
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Climate Smart Landscapes: Addressing Trade-offs and Delivering Multiple Benefits at Scale

Planning and introducing solutions at the landscape level is critical to balancing competing land use goals and achieving synergies across multiple sectors, whilst mitigating and adapting to climate change. A climate smart landscape approach can help to address trade-offs and find common solutions across the land use sectors of agriculture, forestry, and energy, supporting food and nutrition security, ecosystem conservation and poverty alleviation. Intervening at this level offers a scale large enough to address many of the governance, market and policy failures that typically underlie the drivers of deforestation and ecosystem degradation, as well as marginalisation of the rural poor, particularly women. It also enables a deeper understanding of the impacts of climate change, as well as the necessary responses needed at multiples levels of intervention. In this session we will explore what are some of the key ingredients and practical examples of working on a climate smart landscape approach. In particular the need: (i) to work with multiple stakeholders to develop and implement programmes and strategies for low emission, climate resilient landscape development; (ii) to integrate multiple benefits and addressenvironmental and social safeguards in subnational planning processes (iii) to involve a wide range of stakeholders, including business, in this process by facilitating inclusive public-private-producer partnerships; and (iv) to access innovative financing and engage with companies to unlock private investment. These four complimentary areas of work need to be applied as a package in order to achieve long lasting impacts at scale.