Objectives

The goal of the Landscape Mosaics project is to contribute to the integration of improved livelihoods of rural communities and biodiversity conservation in tropical landscape mosaics.

The objective of the project is to integrate sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity conservation objectives into land use planning processes of tropical landscape mosaics through appropriate approaches and instruments.

The specific objectives are:

  • To identify local needs and multiple biodiversity values to integrate them in land use planning processes of selected tropical landscape mosaics;
  • To develop participatory landscape planning and monitoring approaches integrating development and conservation objectives and to promote the use by land use planners, and
  • To disseminate among relevant international actors lessons emerging from the selected landscapes and research-development best practices.

The outcomes of the project are expected at local (outcome 1) and broader levels (outcomes 2 to 4):

  1. Local populations and relevant stakeholders develop participatory landscape management options in selected pilot locations including forest- and tree-based management interventions, institutional strengthening, policy recommendations, negotiation and incentive mechanisms that integrate livelihood needs and biodiversity conservation.
  2. Land use planners (e.g. territorial, forest and conservation authorities) and development and conservation agencies have a better understanding of livelihood needs and the status, trends and values of biodiversity in landscape mosaics. Land use planners will make better informed decisions for sustainable landscape management through the use of enhanced planning and monitoring approaches.
  3. Policy makers as well as conservation and development practitioners consider and incorporate into their work those recommendations on the integration of livelihoods and biodiversity in landscapes mosaics appropriate to their situation.
  4. The scientific community takes up lessons learned on transdisciplinary research-development activities at landscape scale.

This project will bring outputs summarized below:

  • A research-development framework including a set of flexible methods broadly applicable in landscape mosaics for studying and supporting improved land use planning and for comparing different landscapes in terms of livelihood needs and biodiversity values.
  • For the study site, landscape and livelihood assessments using analyses of spatiotemporal trends, multistakeholder surveys, local livelihood analyses and biophysical surveys will be available.
  • Multifunctional landscape management visions and scenarios have been developed and analyzed with villagers and authorities. They consider biodiversity aspects important for improving livelihoods and on landscape patterns enabling biodiversity conservation.
  • Project outputs will be synthesized and analyzed and policy relevant recommendations will be developed and disseminated at local and broader scales.
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