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How Integrated Landscape Management can contribute to the CBD Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework: Recommendations for policymakers from African Landscape Leaders

The African Landscapes Dialogues held in 2014, 2017 and 2019 provide a robust platform for experience and knowledge sharing among the various ILM initiatives in the region. The November 2019 Dialogue...

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Collection of CARE-WWF Alliance Learning Briefs

The collection of seven briefs linked here share lessons learned from integrated conservation and development programs in Mozambique, Nepal and Tanzania carried out by the CARE-WWF Alliance.

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Executive Summary of Public Policy Guidelines for Integrated Landscape Management

  • Seth Shames
  • Krista Heiner
  • Sara Scherr

For those policymakers, agencies, and organizations struggling with biodiversity mainstreaming, climate action, rural poverty, food insecurity, zero deforestation commitments, or any other goal that...

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Implementing Smallholder Carbon Projects

  • Seth Shames
  • Krista Heiner
  • Martha Kapukha
  • Lillian Kiguli
  • Moses Masiga
  • Pauline Nantongo Kalunda
  • Annet Ssempala
  • John Recha
  • Amos Wekesa

Two smallholder agricultural carbon projects in East Africa engaged in a participatory action research process to identify ways local actors could take on larger management roles within the projects....

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Integrated Landscape Management: The Means of Implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals

Integrated landscape management ensures that by managing the underpinning natural resource base and ecosystem services in a coordinated way, societal needs can be met in the short and long term....

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Scaling Up Investment & Finance for Integrated Landscape Management – Policy Brief

  • Sara Scherr
  • Seth Shames

Achieving the sustainable future we want requires new models of investment and finance for integrated landscape management approaches. However, coordinating investments for landscapes can be...

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Landscape Partnerships for Sustainable Development: A Policy Brief

Uprooting the drivers of poverty, inequality and food insecurity requires an overhaul of the current development paradigm. This will require replacing the siloed, sectoral approach to development...

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Steps Toward Green: Policy Brief on Greening Commodity Agriculture in East and Southeast Asia

  • Sara Scherr
  • Steven M. Jaffee

Produced by EcoAgriculture Partners, The World Bank and Clarmondial, this brief spells out strategies for East and Southeast Asian policymakers looking to “green” the production of export...

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Steps Toward Green: 2-page Briefs Six Case Studies in Commodity Landscapes

Steps Toward Green examined six commodity landscapes in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines to illuminate lessons and opportunities for the design of agricultural policies that...

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Scaling up Agricultural Carbon Activities in Mbale Region, Uganda

  • Seth Shames
  • Krista Heiner
  • Lillian Kiguli
  • Pauline Nantongo Kalunda
  • Moses Masiga
  • Annet Ssempala

Local government advocacy for agricultural carbon programs in Uganda Promoting agricultural carbon activities has multiple benefits for farmers, ecosystems, and the global climate. But what can...

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Scaling up Sustainable Agricultural Land Management in Bungoma County, Kenya

  • Seth Shames
  • Krista Heiner
  • Martha Kapukha
  • Amos Wekesa
  • John Recha

Promoting sustainable agricultural land management activities has multiple benefits for farmers, ecosystems, and the global climate. But what can local governments do to help? This brief presents...

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Infographic: The Current State of Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Elise Ursin
  • Eva Fillion

For this study, we define ILIs as projects, programs, platforms, initiatives or sets of activities that: (1) seek to simultaneously improve food production, biodiversity, ecosystems and rural...

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Infographic: An Illustrated Look at Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Africa

  • Eva Fillion
  • Elise Ursin

We surveyed leaders and managers of ILIs in 33 African countries to provide the first region-wide portrait of contexts, motivations, design, participation and outcomes of such initiatives. Results...

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Integrated Landscape Management in Africa

  • Christine Negra
  • Jes Walton

To ground the African Landscapes Action Plan in the best available evidence, teams from the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative synthesized the latest studies and experience in...

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Village Land Use Planning: A Potential Tool for Greening Landscapes in Mbarali District, Mbeya

  • Abigail Hart
  • Elly Tumsifu
  • Winnie Nguni
  • John Recha
  • Zacharia Malley
  • Rodgers Masha
  • Louise Buck

In Tanzania, village land use planning (VLUP) is a recently introduced tool for improving rural development processes. This brief draws lessons for implementation from the experience of villages in...

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Strengthening Capacities for Collaborative Landscape Management in Africa

  • Cora van Oosten
  • Louise Buck
  • Abigail Hart
  • Mariteuw Chimère Diaw

Working from a landscape perspective requires a broad spectrum of capacities. A recent study of integrated landscape initiatives (ILIs) in Africa exposes challenges, however, in realizing the...

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Supporting African Landscape Objectives Through Local Landscape Governance

  • Constance Neely
  • Louise Buck
  • Raffaela Kozar
  • Clinton Muller
  • Jean-Claude Njomkap
  • Jeff Wordon

This brief summarizes the latest research and best practice in integrated landscape governance in Africa, identifying key knowledge and practice gaps or areas for improvement. It provides the...

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Priorities for Research in African Landscapes

  • Christine Negra
  • Wanja Kinuthia
  • Phosiso Sola
  • Celia A. Harvey
  • Carmen Jaquez
  • Gete Zeleke

Synthesized research is needed to develop and manage successful integrated landscapes initiatives in Africa. This brief brings together relevant knowledge and provides recommendations for actions for...

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Financing Integrated Landscape Investments in Africa

  • Seth Shames
  • Kedar Mankad
  • Elsie Attafuah
  • Kwame Awere-Gyekye
  • Mohamed Bakarr

Financing systems must yield public goods and private financial returns while mitigating investment risks. This brief puts ILM finance into context and provides recommendations for actions to improve...

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National Policy to Support Landscape Management in Africa

  • Seth Shames
  • Richard Munang
  • Joseph Tanui
  • Odigha Odigha
  • Alice Kaudia

Summarizing and synthesizing the latest policy research on the state of land management in Africa, this brief provides a foundation and suggests major avenues for the critical policy action needed to...

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Engaging Business for Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Africa

  • Lee Gross
  • Christine Negra
  • André Brasser
  • Laura Fox
  • Gabrielle Kissinger
  • Matthew Parr
  • Mao Amis
  • George Sikoyo
  • Andrea Athanas
  • Winnie Mwaniki

This brief explores the ways in which the business sector can be further engaged in African landscapes now and in the future.

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Advances in Agricultural GHG Measurement and Monitoring: Implications for Policy Makers

  • Christine Negra
  • Seth Shames

This brief recommends policy actions to support the development of methodologies to strengthen the emissions reductions achievable by agriculture in a future international climate agreement and in...

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Defining Integrated Landscape Management for Policy Makers

  • Sara Scherr
  • Seth Shames
  • Rachel Friedman

This brief lays out and explains the five critical elements of integrated landscape management, particularly where agriculture is an important land use, and illustrates the importance and background...

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National Policy for Climate-smart Agriculture: The Kenya Experience

  • Seth Shames

This brief reviews Kenya’s experience with climate-smart agriculture so far, to draw out lessons for future national policy and institutional development in support of climate-smart agriculture.

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Blending Climate and Agriculture Finance to Support Climate-Smart Landscapes

  • Sara Scherr
  • Seth Shames

The climate-smart agriculture financing disconnect This brief analyzes the implications for the development of climate-smart agriculture and suggests steps towards more effective integration of...

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Payments for watershed services in the United States

  • Rachel Friedman

This brief summarizes a study that EcoAgriculture Partners conducted of PWS in the United States, with a particular focus on new and innovative project models involving non-federal ecosystem service...

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Building Community Assets and Capacities for Adaptive Management

  • Courtney Wallace-Stokes
  • Louise Buck
  • Randall Purcell

The United Nations World Food Program worked with EcoAgriculture Partners to do an assessment of community engagement programs in Kenya and Ethiopia to determine its success, or shortcomings, in...

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Making REAL(U) Right: Harmonizing Agriculture, Forests and Rights in the Design of REDD+

  • Sara Scherr
  • Seth Shames
  • Courtney Wallace-Stokes
  • Andy White
  • Jeffrey Hatcher
  • Peter Minang

Strategies must be adapted to their landscape The model of paying off farmers with the supposed opportunity cost of expanding is not a long term goal, and studies show that investing in...

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Strategies for Sustainable Development in Rural Africa: A Framework for Integrating Investment in Agriculture, Food Security, Climate Response and Ecosystems

  • Edward Ayensu
  • Jeannot Zoro Bi Bah
  • Martin Bwalya
  • Lloyd Chingambo
  • Owen Cylke
  • Richard Fairburn
  • Minu Hemmati
  • Prince Kapondamgaga
  • Melinda Kimble
  • Marcia Marsh
  • Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
  • James Nyoro
  • Joost Oorthuizen
  • Balgis Osman-Elasha
  • Sara Scherr
  • Howard Shapiro
  • Tesfai Tecle
  • Ibrahim Thiaw
  • George Wamukoya

How to seize current opportunities to devise an Africa-led strategy for sustainable development that would not only achieve food security and improve nutrition, with resilience to climate change, but...

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Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use

  • Sara Scherr
  • Sajal Sthapit

More than 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions arise from the land use sector. Thus, no strategy for mitigating global climate change can be complete or successful without reducing emissions...

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Evaluating Biofuel Opportunities from a Landscape Perspective

This brief describes three systems for biofuel production and identifies opportunities and risks for biodiversity conservation, rural livelihoods and farm production.

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Applying the Ecosystem Approach to Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes

This brief draws from experience and research in ecoagriculture systems throughout the world to suggest guidelines for national and local implementation of the CBD’s Ecosystem Approach in...

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Reconciling Agriculture and Biodiversity: Policy and Research Challenges of ‘Ecoagriculture’

  • Sara Scherr
  • Jeffrey A. McNeely

An essential strategy for conserving wild biodiversity, especially that found in highly populated, poor rural areas around the world, is to convert agriculture that is destructive of biodiversity...

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