Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes

The Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (former Sustainable Land and Water Program, SLWP) was launched on Friday 28 February 2014 in The Hague with a wide range of experts in the fields of water management, agriculture, supply chains and many more. Speakers from both the public and private sector presented their vision on the initiative and invited participants to share their knowledge, experience and ideas. You can download the presentations from the plenary (7.0 Mb)part and the workshops (4.0 Mb)of the expert meeting here.


The landscapes

The initiative works in six landscapes in Africa, Asia and South America. All landscapes are sourcing areas for one or more commodities, and aim for active involvement of companies sourcing from these areas.


The approach

The initiative will deliberately work beyond the farm-level to support food production, ecosystem conservation, and rural livelihoods across entire landscapes in an integrated manner. Leveraging and balancing the interests of all stakeholders in each landscape - companies, governments, civil society organizations and others - are key in the SLWP approach.



A viable governance model is considered feasible only if all relevant stakeholders are involved in setting up such a model. The ISLA thereby recognizes that the interests of companies sourcing agrocommodities from such landscapes can serve as an important leverage point.  


In each selected landscape, the ISLA will convene relevant stakeholders, explicitly including companies sourcing from and impacting the area. The ISLA will then facilitate discussions about possible interventions in that landscape, recognizing costs and benefits of different scenarios for different stakeholders. ISLA will co-fund (together with other stakeholders) those interventions that combine feasibility with broad support from this multistakeholder dialogue.


Ultimately, by 2018 ISLA aims to develop financially viable governance models for sustainable land and water management for each of these landscapes.

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