Designing for engagement: A Realist Synthesis Review of how context affects the outcomes of multi-stakeholder forums on land use and/or land-use change
This Realist Synthesis Review analyses scholarly literature on multi-stakeholder forums (MSFs) for sustainable land use. It focusses on subnational MSFs involving grassroots and government actors. The review highlights key contextual variables and identifies four common lessons: commitment, engagement of implementers, openness to stakeholders, and adaptive design. Successful MSFs are recognized as part of a transformative process, involve research and meetings, build consensus and commitment, and prioritize adaptive learning. The central lesson is to design for engagement that addresses the context for greater success.
Disentangling the practice of landscape approaches: a Q-method analysis on experiences in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes
This paper explores landscape approaches and their applications in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes. The analysis reveals common goals of empowering local communities to preserve context-specific values. The means to achieve these goals vary based on contextual factors. Four lenses for landscape sustainability are identified. The study emphasizes the need for transdisciplinary and participatory methods in implementing landscape approaches.
This paper examines the huge number of variables involved in achieving the maximum potential yield in a sustainable manner, and looks at why it is often small-scale community or privately owned institutions that are the most successful at doing it.
Public Policy to Support Landscape and Seascape Partnerships
Governments have recently launched major policy initiatives to address the multiple urgent land and resource challenges facing their countries: food and water insecurity, climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss and the threats to health and livelihoods in the context of a global pandemic. A promising strategy is to work through multi-stakeholder Landscape and Seascape Partnerships.
A sustainable livelihoods framework for the 21st century
This paper proposes a reformulation of the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF) fit for the 21st century. The article explores the rise and usage of the original SLF, highlighting how its popularity among development practitioners emerged both from its practical focus, and its depoliticization of wider shifts in the development landscape at the time.
The European Union’s Landscapes For Our Future programme supports 22 integrated landscape management projects across 19 countries and 3 sub-regions across the Global South with solutions to context-specific land-use challenges around food and nutrition security, climate change and land/forest biodiversity.