Landscape Governance Mapping: A Tool for Social Resilience

Social resilience has recently emerged as a critical component in assuring biodiversity conservation success particularly in the face of climate change. One of the most critical elements of social resilience is understanding and promoting sound governance, the ability of institutions to assure transparent and accountable management and benefit flows, including that of natural resources and biodiversity.

In this workshop USAID and Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems (SCAPES) program partners will share a landscape-scale perspective and experience with mapping and assessing governance across high-biodiversity mosaic landscapes while encouraging the adoption of more targeted metrics for tracking the effectiveness and resilience of governance. The workshop will employ interactive methodologies to present recent results of the Landscape Governance Mapping (LGM) process and engage participants to tackle a host of key questions related to LGM, including: "How can good governance contribute to social and ecological resilience in biodiverse landscapes? How do we assess the effectiveness and integrity of a biodiversity governance entity? How can we use LGM in overall conservation planning?" Outputs from the workshop will include session summaries and new findings, ideas for next steps to disseminate and expand the LGM approach and a plan for networking groups working on similar initiatives.

USAID┬┤s $16.5 million SCAPES program is a partnership between USAID and four NGOs that aims to conserve globally important biodiversity and provide leadership in developing, documenting and sharing state-of-the-art conservation practices in 19 countries across nine transboundary landscape and policy initiatives. SCAPES supports a set of ┬┤Learning Initiatives" that encourage innovative approaches to addressing some of biodiversity conservations most challenging questions, including the LGM approaches and tools to be showcased in this workshop.

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