Approach a landscape from the ground or lose your way in words


A ‘landscape approach’ has been bandied about by researchers and development practitioners for decades. But what exactly is it? Does it work? It’s time to start finding out, on the ground.

The term ‘landscape approach’ was first coined back in 1992 and has gained popularity ever since with researchers, academics, development workers and governments, so much so that it seems often to be used as if everyone knows what it means; no one is actually defining what is meant, what it does and what the results are of using it.

According to Terry Sunderland of the Center for International Forestry Research and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, ‘There is a lot of talk about it but little agreement about just what it is and whether its effective. Landscapes are complex socioecological systems.

Read more in the blog from the World Agroforestry Centre

Slide courtesy CIFOR

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