Step Up Your Landscape Leadership


Take your leadership skills in integrated landscape approaches to sustainable development, agriculture and climate change to the next level during three intense and rewarding days with EcoAgriculture Partners’ expert trainers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

November 15-17, 2016

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, Virginia

Full price – $1590

Early Bird Extended! – Sign up by October 15th and pay just $1340.

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Becoming a landscape leader continues here

Develop the competencies and confidence to start and manage diverse cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder landscape management partnerships.

Explore the fundamentals and tools of integrated landscape analysis, planning, and monitoring & evaluation.

Learn from our training staff’s 60-plus combined years of integrated landscape research and capacity-building experience.

Bring your own experiences to the table: our intensive workshop is tailored to our students’ experience-level, goals and priorities.

Gain the skills to design and implement the next generation of integrated natural resource management programs.

What will I learn?

  1. The specific features, benefits and potentials of integrated landscape management for addressing diverse production, social and ecological goals.
  2. How landscape leadership differs from traditional leadership, and how that affects convening and facilitating a multi-stakeholder partnership for integrated landscape management.
  3. Adaptive collaborative management and spatial planning processes and tools that work in multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  4. How to design monitoring & evaluation processes within integrated landscape management to create continuous improvement.
  5. New roles for multi-stakeholder partnerships to play to mobilize and coordinate finance and investment.

Learn from the experts in Integrated Landscape Management.

Meet Lead Trainer Dr. Louise Buck

Explore all EcoAgriculture Staff bios from the Our Team page.
Be ready to answer the integration call

The United Nations, governments, foundations: they are all calling for integrated approaches in new sustainable development initiatives. If you aren’t adapting your work to this new paradigm, you’re being left behind.

Leading integrated landscape projects and programs is different than traditional leadership. New mental models for landscape leadership are step one in transforming business-as-usual into the new integrated development paradigm.

Transform your thinking about development practice
so you can achieve transformational change.



Who should attend?

EcoAgriculture Partners leadership course participants are mid-career farm and land managers and development and environmental practitioners who are challenged to solve complex cross-sectoral natural resource management problems from a wide range of disciplinary, geographic, and organizational backgrounds including nonprofit and community-based organizations, applied research and education institutions, government, international agencies, and the business sector.

Past courses around the world have included leaders from international, national and local NGOs; producer organizations; government ministries; development agencies; development firms; independent consultants; and international organizations such as the World Bank and UNDP.

Dig deep into concepts first hand on a field trip in the Shenandoah Valley


The field trip will provide an opportunity for all workshop participants to:

  • gain first hand insight from Virginia Working Landscape (VWL) members into conditions and processes that stimulated the formation of the VWL network and factors that bind the network over time;
  • observe innovative grazing and crop production practices that are compatible with biodiversity conservation;
  • learn about marketing methods that support the profitability of biodiversity-friendly production practices;
  • hear about strategies that the VWL network uses to gain local policy support for their multi-jurisdictional land use strategies;
  • gain experience using a landscape scorecard tool to help assess the outcomes of the Virginia Working Landscape initiative.
Prepare your organization for the integrated era

If you don’t know what’s really new and different about “integrated landscape approaches,” how will your staff?

Consider sending key team leaders so your organization is ready to respond to calls for integrated approaches to sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Are your employees prepared to excel at delivering the new “integrated” projects you’ve been winning?

We’ve been training integrated landscape leaders for more than a decade.

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Course Details

Dates: November 15, 16, and 17, 2016. Check-in begins at 8am on November 15th, course begins at 10am. Course concludes at 5:30pm November 17. Morning and evening reflections and gatherings will enrich the experience for overnight guests (while allowing personal time). All participants are strongly encouraged to stay overnight.

Lodging: Accommodations are single ensuite rooms with WiFi and TV, in the conference lodge on the beautiful campus of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. Beautiful Shenandoah Valley scenery surrounds the venue.

Board: Meals provided – Lunch and dinner on the 15th, all meals on the 16th, breakfast and lunch on the 17th. Meals are deliciously prepared in the SCBI dining hall, where indoor and outdoor seating is available.

We encourage course participants to stay with us at SCBI during the course, as morning and evening networking, reflection, and knowledge-sharing increase the value of the workshop for all participants. However, if you would prefer to commute each day to SCBI, book without lodging for $200 less.

Transportation: The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal is easily accessible from US Hwy 66, about a 2 hour drive west of Washington, DC. EcoAgriculture Partners can help to arrange carpools, if desired, for arrival and departure. If you are arriving via air, we strongly encourage you to fly into Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) on Monday, November 14th. Affordable accommodations can be booked at the conference venue for Monday night.

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