Let’s Look at the Whole Landscape in Climate Strategies

Submitted by Kate Langford, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

The value of considering entire landscapes in climate change mitigation as well as adaptation strategies will be the focus of a special learning event during Forest Day 3.

According to Meine van Noordwijk, Senior Scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre and one of the key speakers, the focus of the event will be on how to develop specific policies and practices to strengthen linkages between adaptation and mitigation in forestry, tree-based systems and terrestrial ecosystems.

The opportunities and challenges of different approaches – such as ecosystem-based approaches, conservation landscapes and river basin approaches at multiple scales – will form the basis of a number of presentations to be delivered during the event.

Credit: ICRAF

Another key presenter, Robert Zomer from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, outlined how the results of current work in Asia, Africa and Latin America will be used to highlight what is known and what needs to be worked on in order to bring landscape approaches to reality.

“There is a great deal of evidence already to support a whole landscape approach, particularly when we look at places like the Himalaya,” Zomer explained. In densely populated and diverse mountainous regions like these, which have high heterogeneity of the landscape and small patch sizes, he believes only a landscape level approach is likely to work.

“This will be the only way to provide significant benefits to the mountain communities that ma

intain and enhance the vital ecosystem services that benefit the millions of downstream users in South Asia and China,” Zomer said.

The event, titled Landscape approaches to adaptation and mitigation is being jointly hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre, World Bank and the Nature Conservancy.

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