Q+A: Scientist Terry Sunderland describes the “landscapes approach”

A landscape approach is essentially managing complex landscapes in an integrated fashion, in a holistic fashion, incorporating all the different land uses within those landscapes in a single management process. CIAT/Neil Palmer

A landscape approach is essentially managing complex landscapes in an integrated fashion, in a holistic fashion, incorporating all the different land uses within those landscapes in a single management process. CIAT/Neil Palmer

A Global Landscapes Forum organized to coincide with upcoming international climate change talks in Warsaw will focus on taking a holistic approach to land-use management.

In the following interview, Terry Sunderland, a principal scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) defines “landscape approach” — why we need one, and what scientists, non-governmental organizations and policymakers need to do to start implementing it.

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