Overview of the Project

The project, “Integrating Livelihoods and Multiple Biodiversity Values in Landscape Mosaics (or the Landscape Mosaics Project in short)”, focuses on informing and facilitating a negotiation process on land use rights allocation between communities and district level and other key stakeholders that will enable them to manage landscape mosaics more sustainably. To support and inform this process, the project will conduct a series of research activities in order to collect and analyze socio-economic and biophysical data, also investigating the potential for reward mechanisms for environmental services. The comparative information gathered from these research activities will be used to test four thematic hypotheses related to multifunctional landscape mosaics.

The project has sites in five countries:

  • Tanzania: East Usambara Mountains, Tanga Region;
  • South West Cameroon: Takamanda-Mone Technical Operation Unit;
  • Sumatra, Indonesia: Bungo District, Jambi Province;
  • Northern Laos: Vieng Kham District, Luang Prabang Province; and
  • Eastern Madagascar: Manompana corridor, Soanierana-Ivongo District.

Within these countries, a landscape has been selected that reflects a gradient from a densely forested protected area to land covers fragmented by agricultural uses. From these landscapes, three representative territories (villages) will be selected in which the negotiations and empirical research will take place.

The Landscape Mosaics Project is the first project of the Biodiversity Platform. The project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and supported by other donors such as the European Commission, the Governments of Finland, the Netherlands and Australia.

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