March 23, 2016

Sharpening the minds of landscape shakers and movers

Louise BuckEcoAgriculture PartnersCornell University Lee GrossEcoAgriculture Partners

A pilot test of an eCourse on the landscape approach stirs interest in an upcoming online curricula.

On March 10, 2016 EcoAgriculture Partners, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) and the World Bank’s Climate Change Group co-hosted a three hour workshop introducing the Landscape Approach. The workshop included more than 40 World Bank staff from around the world during their business learning week. The objective was to introduce integrated landscape approaches, their emergence as an operational mode for addressing global development challenges, key features and governance through various entry points (e.g. wildlife conservation, water security and biodiversity).

Highlighting different entry points to landscape approaches

After a brief introduction, case studies from Zambia, Kenya and Colombia were presented to articulate various entry points and key features of a landscape approach in different socio-ecological contexts. Small groups were asked to analyze the five key features and reflect on their own experience.

Louise Buck at World Bank

Louise Buck of EcoAgriculture Partners and Paola Agostini from the World Bank facilitate a session of a pilot course for an upcoming online curriculum on integrated landscape management designed for the World Bank’s e-learning platform

Piloting e-learning modules for World Bank staff

The workshop served as an important opportunity to pilot modules being developed by the three partners for a comprehensive Landscapes 101 e-course to be launched by the World Bank in June via their e-learning platform. The discussion centered around key features of a landscape approach and multi-stakeholder platform governance as it relates to existing projects within the World Bank’s portfolio and experience from the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative’s partners. Moving from highly sectoral projects to more multi-sector, multi-objective, spatially-based approaches for advancing sustainable development and climate objectives was at the heart of the discussion.

Conversations with stakeholders yielded fruitful input and a realization that further training and capacity building is needed. The comments were timely, as a curriculum to provide more learning opportunities is being developed. The curriculum will harmonize terminology, methods and tools – bringing concepts to practice to strengthen global implementation.

Landscape Academy on the horizon

The training modules for the eCourse will also serve as important resources under the emerging Landscape Academy, an initiative of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, with organizing partners EcoAgriculture Partners,World Agroforestry Centre, Wageningen CDI, the African Model Forest Network and NEPAD-TerrAfrica.

The Landscapes Academy will provide a valuable resource centre and network for landscape leaders worldwide based on the best available science and practice of integrated landscape management. For more information contact Louise Buck, Director at EcoAgriculture Partners (

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