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Landscapes For Our Future - EU action for sustainable landscape management

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Intergovernmental organization

    Sustainable land management is at the heart of many of the targeted countries’ National Development Plans, NDCs, NBSAPs, and NAPs on drought and desertification. Land is indeed recognised as the foundation for agricultural development and rural livelihoods, food, water and energy security, climate resilience and climate change mitigation and carbon storage, support to terrestrial ecosystem services and water cycle regulation. Better governance, cross-sectoral coordination and multi-stakeholder partnerships are at the heart of the landscape approach that this action is promoting, in order to meet the demands and needs of various land users and other stakeholders.

    Implementation of the Project/Activity

    See description and main objectives above. The integration of several SDGs and related targets was at the basis of this initiative, and is pursued through all country/sub-regional activities. Component 1 (country/sub-regional actions) will benefit up to twenty countries and three sub-regions: Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Mauritius, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome, Senegal, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and the Brazil-Paraguay sub-region, the Central African Republic-Chad sub-region, as well as the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Component 2: Global coverage Countries will develop their own monitoring frameworks, under the overall coordination led by the global component, for the development of common monitoring tools, indicators and knowledge products. The EU budget contribution to this initiative is EUR 114 320 000.


    This action contributes to the promotion of integrated landscape approaches. Expected project outputs are: 1) scalable pilot initiatives that help conciliate different land uses, foster innovation and lessons learning are field tested and deliver multiple benefits; 2) improved land governance and management systems are promoted, notably through better cross-sectoral coordination, enhanced participation of land users and local stakeholders in land-related decisions, and other appropriate land governance measures; 3) the capacities of actors and institutions for sustainable landscape management are enhanced; 4) landscape approaches for sustainable land management, are promoted through documenting field experience, knowledge generation and sharing, technical advice on integrated sustainable landscape management, support to coordination, lessons learning, dissemination, communication, and contribution to international fora and land related policy discussions.

    Enabling factors and constraints

    The following risks were identified: • Fragmentation of initiatives and areas of support • Insecure land tenure and exclusion of groups such as indigenous communities and women • Lack of commitment from partner countries • Appropriation difficulties at territorial level • Climate change impacts on scaling-up • Conflicts and civil unrest, gender stereotypes However, the initiatives assumes that: • Security situations are satisfactory • Local communities are involved • Sustained commitment of partner countries and national/local governments • Land tenure is secured

    Sustainability and replicability

    See description above. The initiative is expected to contribute to a mosaic of integrated landscape management activities in participating countries. It is expected this initiative to contribute as well to the integration of these approaches in partner countries policies, plans and investments, while lessons learnt from this initiative will be disseminated in appropriate fora.

    Other sources of information

    Most projects are in their inception phase and there are no more information. We would be glad to provide more as soon as available.

    COVID-19 Impact

    The initiative is expected to contribute to both environmental protection and conservation (which is at the origin of the pandemics), as well as to increased resilience by helping develop alternative livelihood opportunities and strengthening resilience to climate change, particularly for the most vulnerable. Some country activities are indeed impacted by the current restrictions in place. In most cases, activities had to be shifted or performed online when feasible.

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    15 January 2020 (start date)
    31 December 2026 (date of completion)
    European Commission
    Other beneficiaries

    Improved coordination and partnerships with local communities, indigenous peoples, youth, producers, smallholders, civil society organisations, the private sector, local authorities and international donors are at the heart of this initiative. A strengthened partnership should help fight inequalities, and enhance monitoring over the equitable and sustainable access to natural resources.

    Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
    Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
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