Embracing Complexity: How to Implement Integrated Land-Use Initiatives for Sustainable Development

Integrated land-use initiatives challenge practitioners to look beyond traditional sectoral development projects and engage with the complexity of entire landscapes to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time: poverty, climate change, biodiversity loss, and deforestation, among others. This webinar series, marking the launch of the Guide to Integrated Land-Use Initiatives, sought to open the conversation by convening practitioners, academics, and other experts around the world to share their insights and discuss the way forward. The webinars were designed to cover the eight main themes identified in ISFL’s report through the presentation and analysis of promising case studies from around the world.  

The first webinar on January 19th focused on multistakeholder engagement, environmental and economic dynamics of integrated land use, as well as monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Presenters and panelists included policy experts and academics from Scotland and Taiwan, along with representatives from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, EcoAgriculture Partners and Rainforest Alliance.   

The second webinar on January 26th covered the broad strokes of boundary setting, land tenure, financing strategies and cross-sectoral coordination of integrated land-use initiatives. Presenters and panelists discussed case studies from Colombia, the DRC, Indonesia, and Tanzania, and represented organizations including CIFOR and the World Bank. 

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