April 30, 2020 | 10-11.30 am (EST)

Landscape Roundtable: Territorial Perspectives for Development (virtual event)

Online only via Zoom (follow this link to register: https://fao.zoom.us/j/153171180)

Join us for the next Landscape Roundtable put on by FAO and EcoAgriculture to hear about the most recent developments on territorial perspectives for development and their links with integrated landscape management. Register for the event here or follow the link above. 

Territorial approaches to development, or multi-stakeholder approaches implemented at a defined spatial level, are a potentially powerful tool for improving development outcomes. By taking into account the entire set of spatial dynamics that characterize a territory or region, territorial approaches to development better enable the creation of successful development policies adapted to new territorial realities. Their ability to address the complexity of economic, social and spatial transformations happening in a globalized world better accounts for the integrated nature of the SDGs and can help move towards the implementation of the 2030 agenda. 

This roundtable will explore the insights and innovations of territorial approaches and their relationship with integrated landscape management and rural-urban linkages. 

About the Series

The Roundtable is part of an on-going series of roundtable discussions focusing on climate change, agriculture, and landscapes. The series has been jointly organized by EcoAgriculture Partners and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations since 2009.


10:00 am:     Welcome by FAO-North America

                       – Instructions for webinar participation 

10:10 am:       Event overview by Sara Scherr, EcoAgriculture Partners 

10:15 am:       Introductory remarks on linking territorial development and integrated landscape                                      management

                        – Vera Boerger

                        – Thomas Forster

                        – Louise Buck

10:35 am:       Q & A with Panelists 

10:50 am:       Participant discussion- opportunities and challenges for cross-learning among                                          territorial  communities 

11:10 am:        Panelist final remarks 

11:20 am:        Wrap up and follow up details

11:30 am:        Close



  • Vera Boerger, Communication for Development Education and Extension Officer, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO
  • Thomas Forster, Principal, Practice2Policy
  • Louise Buck, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University and Director Collaborative Management, EcoAgriculture Partners


  • Patrick Caron, President of the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) for Food Security and Nutrition CIRAD
  • Remy Sietchiping, Leader Regional and Metropolitan Planning UN-Habitat
  • Florence Egal, Food Security and Nutrition Expert
  • Annalisa Mauro, Global Network and Land Monitoring Coordinator at International Land Coalition


Vera Boerger, Senior Land and Water Officer, Land and Water Division (CBL) FAO – Rome

Vera has an academic background in agronomy, with over 30 years of experience in rural development, extension, communication for development, school feeding, sustainable land and water management and integrated landscape/territorial development, mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

She first joined FAO in 1989 – from 1989 to 1996, first in Bolivia and later in Tanzania working on soil fertility/plant nutrition. From 1996 to 1998 she worked for the German Government in Belem/Brazil on integrated plant nutrition systems/agroecology with family farmers organizations. Rejoined FAO in 1998 as Extension, Education and Communication for Development Officer, from 1998-2004 in the Subregional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa (SAFR) in Harare/Zimbabwe and after in the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) in Santiago/Chile. Transferred to the Subregional Office for Mesoamerica (SLM) in Panama in 2009 as Land and Water Officer, where besides from working on sustainable land and water resources development and management, soil conservation as well as community-based natural resources management, land use planning and land tenure, including the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure, she led the Regional Initiative 2 – “Family farming and inclusive food systems for sustainable rural development” and the work on rural poverty. She joined the Land and Water Division in FAO Headquarters in Rome in July 2018, where she is leading the Integrated Landscape Management Team.

Thomas Forster, Principal Practice2Policy

Thomas has worked for over 20 years with government and non-governmental agencies to address policy changes to strengthen urban and rural linkages in food systems, especially in relation to school food, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security. Since 2002 he has worked to secure legislative and administrative changes affecting public procurement, and leveling the field for small to medium scale farmers and processors. He is the senior advisor for government affairs at School Food FOCUS and previously was policy director for the Community Food Security Coalition in Washington. Recently he helped facilitate an international initiative to raise the profile of “city region food systems” (www.cityregionfoodsystems.org).

Louise Buck, Lead Collaborative Management at EcoAgriculture Partners and Senior Extension Associate with the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University

Dr. Buck has led EcoAgriculture Partners’ capacity-building work since their founding, developing and piloting training materials to improve leadership, multi-stakeholder facilitation, and technical abilities for integrated landscape leaders around the world.

A Senior Extension Associate with the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, Louise leads the joint EcoAgriculture Partners-Cornell University Landscape Measures Initiative and the Cornell Ecoagriculture Working Group. At Cornell, she co-instructs cross-disciplinary courses that connect students with real-world problem-solving in integrated landscape initiatives.  Her analytic work focusses on building frameworks and practical tools for engaging diverse stakeholders in landscape management around issues and innovations in food and nutrition systems, climate-smart agriculture, agroecological practice standards and certifications, land governance and property rights, multi-stakeholder partnership and platforms, monitoring and evaluation and others.

Louise has designed and implemented curricula and courses aimed at building the leadership capacities of farmer and community leaders and development practitioners throughout her career with the Center for International Forestry Research, World Agroforestry Center, CARE, FAO, Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development, USAID, The World Bank and other organizations.  She holds a PhD from Cornell University in Natural Resources, Adult and Continuing Education and Development Sociology; an MS from Colorado State University in Recreation Resources Planning, Political Science and Rural Sociology and, BS and BA degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Patrick Caron, President of the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) for Food Security and Nutrition CIRAD

Patrick is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee of the HLPE. He was also until recently (2010-2016) the Director of CIRAD, that he joined in 1988. He is a veterinary doctor and a researcher in geography and his works relate to the analysis of the role of agriculture and livestock in rural transformations. He especially looks at the transscales combination of processes and actions (from household to international levels) which underpin changes at the territorial level, and, in return, at the capacity of territory to play a regulatory function. He is also a member of many institutional and inter-institutional bodies, e.g. he is chairing the Scientific Council of AgroParisTech.

Remy Sietchiping, Leader Regional And Metropolitan Planning UN-Habitat

Remy leads the Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit at UN-Habitat. He oversees the development of strategic programs of the UN-Habitat including National Urban Policy, urban-rural linkages, metropolitan development and the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. He has over 20 years of working experience in the UN systems, academia, private sector, public sector and NGOs in Australia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Jamaica and worldwide. Dr. Sietchiping has over 40 publications including books, peer-reviewed articles, papers in proceedings and reports. He speaks French and English. He holds a Ph.D in Geography from the University of Melbourne, Australia

Florence Egal, Food Security and Nutrition Expert

Dr. Florence Egal has a medical degree from Paris, France and a M.Sc. in Community Health in Developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She joined the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1990 and has been working for over 20 years on food security, nutrition and livelihoods, and on inter-institutional collaboration for nutrition, in particular within the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition. Since the early 90s, Dr. Egal has been following urban nutrition and has been the co-secretary of FAO’s Food for Cities initiative until her retirement in 2013. She is now co-leading the technical assistance team to Milan’s Urban Food Policy Pact Initiative.

Annalisa Mauro, Global Network and Land Monitoring Coordinator at International Land Coalition.

Annalisa Mauro is the International Land Coalition (ILC) Global Network Coordinator. She has worked in Latin America and Albania in the participatory design of rural development projects. In 1999 she joined the ILC Secretariat where she managed the Community Empowerment Facility and the Agrarian Reform Network (ARnet). She has been coordinating the strengthening of the ILC Latin America platform first and the overall network now. In her current capacity, Annalisa is supervising the work ILC does at national and regional levels.

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