Landscape Approaches Brochure

Raising the bar through landscape approaches for sustainable production, environmental protection and social inclusion

Landscape approaches mean bringing together groups of producers, government and civil society to improve sustainability in an entire region. That’s why local collaboration on sustainability is important.

Why do we need landscape approaches? 

Croplands and grazing lands now cover a third of the earth’s land surface. These landscapes are shaped by the people who live in them and source their livelihoods from them, as well as by those who buy their products and those who govern these processes. In this brochure, you can learn how IDH will protect and restore 5 million hectares of vulnerable landscapes by 2030 through integrated solutions to global challenges.

Map of IDH landscapes developing sustainability according to landscape approaches

What is a landscape approach? 

A landscape approach, also known as a jurisdictional or integrated landscape approach, is a framework for inclusive and multi-sectoral land use management and territorial development. Local or state government, private companies, civil society, producers, smallholders, NGOs, and any relevant stakeholders for a given area are integrated into the inclusive governance structure for that area. The boundaries of an area considered in a landscape approach could be geographical or administrative.

IDH’s landscape approach

IDH’s landscape approach involves working with the national or global level as well as at field level. IDH does this through its PPI approach: production, protection and inclusion. Interventions to support this approach include green growth planning, PPI compacts, landscape governance and creating linkages to market.

What are PPI compacts?

PPI compacts are agreements between public, private and civil society stakeholders to make land more productive and improve livelihoods, in exchange for protection of natural resources, most notably forests. Conditional de-risking funds help unlock additional investments in more productive land use, forest protection measures and/or alternative livelihoods for forest dependent communities. An example of one of our PPI compacts is PCI Mato Grosso.

What’s next for landscape approaches?

To link landscape coalitions with markets and help bring them to scale, we have created SourceUp. The SourceUp platform has been created for companies and stakeholders in producing regions, to work together on sustainable agri-commodity sourcing.

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