Global leaders and experts are now meeting at the UN climate convention’s COP27. Their mission: to discuss how to accelerate global climate action through reducing emissions, expanding adaptation efforts and mobilizing finance to get critical projects going. EcoAgriculture Partners is at the center of these discussions as we organize and take part in meetings that offer real solutions and showcase our work building actionable resources for landscape leaders in the fight against climate change.
As part of our effort, we are featuring The Practical Guide to Integrated Landscape Management (ILM), a guide that provides a locally adaptable, conceptual framework and practical guidance for implementing ILM. Achieving ILM requires that a variety of stakeholders across the landscape participate in the process. It challenges land users with sometimes competing priorities and interests to reach consensus on a shared landscape vision and strategy. Though each landscape is unique, landscape partnerships all encounter common challenges in carrying out collaborative action. 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People (1000L), an initiative EcoAgriculture Partners co-convenes, created this guide. We are proud to share it to make this process of creating a landscape partnership easier and more effective and inclusive.
During the COP, we are also showcasing 1000L’s first Landscapes in Action multimedia story, which spotlights the Lari landscape partnership in Kiambu County, Kenya. If you’re attending the COP, stop by the booth sponsored by another 1000L partner, Rainforest Alliance, to learn more about Lari, 1000L and the range of tools and services we are creating to improve livelihoods while restoring ecosystems.
Another exemplary project we are featuring at the COP booth is our Planning for Landscape Climate-Smart Agriculture (LCSA) Training Course. This course equips landscape leaders with tools to plan and implement LCSA initiatives that integrate local and landscape-level action and mobilize financial and policy support. EcoAgriculture Partners and collaborators presented this course to hundreds of people and organizations, including 80 policymakers and agriculture and environmental leaders in Tanzania and Zanzibar. After completing our training modules, participants initiated LCSA pilot plots and farmer awareness campaigns, implemented their LCSA action plans and influenced local governments to mobilize financial support for these kinds of initiatives.
Developing tools and resources for landscape leaders is only a fraction of the work EcoAg completes. We also conduct the research behind the work, ideas and theories to prove their viability. EcoAgriculture Partners and collaborators recently published a white paper, Public Policy Support for Landscape and Seascape Partnerships: Meeting Sustainable Development Goals Through Collaborative Territorial Action, which we will be offering during COP meetings and exhibits. This paper shows how landscape partnerships can advance policy goals, landscape-scale biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development. The authors found that landscape partnerships require four types of institutional support to achieve their local and national objectives and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: supportive government policies, technical services and local capacity development, financial and business services and connections for knowledge exchange and learning.
Climate change is and will continue to have drastic impacts on our globe. These changes will impact how we grow food and make our livelihoods and where we live, ultimately affecting many aspects of the landscapes and seascapes around us. This year, COP 27 will emphasize that it is time for action on the ground. We must move rapidly towards implementing mitigation and adaptation plans. Landscape approaches offer a powerful tool to avert the worst impacts of the changing climate.