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Landscapes For Our Future - EU action for sustainable landscape management


    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.


    The overall objective of this action is to optimise the contribution of land to agriculture, food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the preservation of ecosystems and of the essential services they provide. The added value of this initiative comes from the fact that it tackles ecosystems preservation from a broader perspective than just protected areas and wildlife and forest-products trafficking, by looking into working landscapes, alternative livelihood opportunities and decent jobs, and opportunities for climate change adaptation and mitigation, on a specific territory. In addition, a global component aims to facilitate integrated landscape management knowledge generation and sharing.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    The initiative aims to simultaneously address several SDGs and related targets, by promoting both environmental protection, the fight against climate change, as well as agricultural and alternative livelihoods development, poverty reduction and sustainable governance, through an integrated landscape management approach. It also contributes to improve livelihoods and economic development. SDGs covered are mainly 1, 2; 13, 15, although given the integrated approach promoted by this action, it is also expected to contribute to SDGs 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, and 17.

    Implementation methodologies

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Contact Name
    European Commission
    Geographical coverage

    Component 1 benefits 20 countries and 3 sub-regions: i.a. Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon [+more], Brazil-Paraguay sub-region, Central African Republic-Chad sub-region, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. Component 2: Global coverage

    15 January 2020 (start date)
    31 December 2026 (date of completion)
    Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
    Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
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