World Forestry Congress 2015

Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

7 - 11 September 2015, Durban, South Africa
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Forest landscape governance: what it is, what we know, what we still need to learn

The recent groundswell of interest in “landscape approaches” it demonstrates a deliberate rejection of conventional “siloed” approaches in favor of cross-overs between and among different resource uses, sectors, and values at landscape scale.

But rejecting something and replacing it with something else are two very different actions: whatever words or phrases are used to describe it, integrated landscape approaches are difficult to realize. Aside from technical, financial and other challenges, the issue of governance is arguably both the cornerstone of successful landscape management and its most challenging feature.

This side event will capture some of the key features of what is understood as a landscape approach, using recent case studies and research to illustrate where and how it is being realized, the benefits that accrue, and the key challenges along the way. Panelists and audience members will be invited to participate in a moderated discussion on possible ways forward in supporting effective landscape governance.