The ecosystem approach is now well-established as a strategy for managing the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in diverse contexts. But until recently, this approach was rarely applied to agricultural landscapes where food production is a principal objective and dominant land use. In the past decade, however, a growing number of communities, organizations, and governments have begun applying adaptive ecosystem management approaches to manage food-producing regions as "integrated landscapes" that increase synergies among food production, ecosystem conservation, and human wellbeing. Such approaches require not only technical innovations (e.g., nuanced spatial planning) but also new policies, investments, institutions, market incentives and knowledge systems that enable stakeholders to collaborate and mediate tradeoffs more effectively across sectors and scales. Recognizing the importance of integrated landscape approaches to meet societal targets for food security, biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and other goals, a coalition of leading international organizations has launched the three-year (2011-2014) "Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative" (LPFN) to support increased adoption and effectiveness of integrated landscape approaches worldwide. This workshop will begin by sharing new evidence on the practice, performance, and lessons learned from integrated landscape initiatives around the world--both from current LPFN research and from participant experiences. It will then facilitate discussion on the best ways to engage the conservation community in efforts to mainstream effective integrated landscape strategies, including through the LPFN Initiative. These discussions will contribute to strategies for policy advocacy, new investment, pilot projects and programs, and outreach designed to have lasting benefits for conservation and food security.
The 10 co-organizers of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative (LPFN) are Bioversity International, Conservation International, The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, EcoAgriculture Partners, FAO, IFAD, UNEP, UNU-IAS, ICRAF, and World Resources Institute (WRI).
11:00 – 11:10 Welcome & Overview of LPFN Initiative, Louise Buck (Chair)
11:10 – 11:30 Keynote speaker - Jeff Sayer
11:30 – 11:55 Panel A presentations: The role of ecosystems in food security
Panel A members:
o Harry van der Linde, African Wildlife Foundation
o Lars Laestadius , WRI
o Stewart Maginnis, Global Director, Nature Based Solutions and Rights Group, IUCN
o Pablo Eyzaguirre, Bioversity International
11:55 – 12:05 Discussion
12:05 – 12:35 Panel B presentations – What needs to change to mainstream ecosystems in food security strategies and policy?
Panel B members:
o Jennifer Mohamed Katerere, IUCN
o Eduardo Mansur, FAO
o Jeff Sayer, James Cook University
o Krystyna Swiderska, IIED
o Krishna Oli, ICIMOD
12:35 – 12:50 Discussion
12:50 – 13:00 Wrap-up and summary (Louise Buck)