Learning across landscapes

Knowledge from northern Ghana and southern Zambia

Every landscape is unique – and sometimes we can cross-pollinate learnings between locations, too

The integrated landscape approach is currently gaining traction as a means for improving governance and achieving equitable use of landscapes. It takes into account the wide range of resources that are present within each landscape, including natural resources such as water and food, as well as farms and people. 

The COLANDS initiative – ‘Collaborating to Operationalise Landscape Approaches for Nature, Development and Sustainability’ – is working to address gaps between scientific theory and the implementation of landscape approaches. 

The initiative collaborates with the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), and other partners to conduct innovative research related to landscapes. COLANDS is also involved in the essential work of engaging multiple stakeholders, through fieldwork in the Western Wildlife Corridor in northern Ghana; the Kalomo District in southern Zambia; and in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan.

This episode of Let’s Talk Trees features two COLANDS colleagues, Alida O’Connor and Eric Bayala, who will share some of the lessons learned from their work in northern Ghana, southern Zambia, and Burkina Faso – including similarities and differences across landscapes, challenges in applying an integrated landscape approach in these areas, and implications for governance and policy.  

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