Landscapes and Natural Resource Management
Landscape approach includes an awareness of poverty alleviation, agriculture production and food security along with managing natural resource to ensure resilience of ecosystems. Climate variation has an impact, both positively and negatively and every systems has to adapt. Changes made in one sector influences another sector.
Thinking holistically, a landscape approach calls for players of agriculture, forestry and fisheries to have a broader landscape perspective to achieve sustainable development through collaborative land use planning and decision making. In alignment with development goals diverse groups work together to increase food security while ensuring natural resource management are protecting natural resources.
Mark Lundy, in the video below, lays out how USAID is working to facilitate a systemic approach that links actors along the value chain, thinking together to make best decisions for all the players along the value chain. Integrating systemic change includes bringing about behavior change, relationships, incentives and dynamics around the farm. The technical knowledge exist and climate smart practices are being applied, the gap is in coordination, having a landscape view so all the players are moving together in the same direction.
Incorporating Climate Smart Agriculture into Business Models
For more information on Participatory Systems Dynamics, listen to Robert Richardson, Ecological Economist, Michigan State University expand on the concepts of Participatory Systems Dynamics in a webinar recorded in June 2016. Additional information on Systems Dynamics can also be found at modeling.outreach.msu.edu
Safeguarding Development for the Next Generation, USAID
Join the Discussion:
- How do you bring people together, including women and youth, along the value chain to have structured conversations around climate science and best practices in your region?
- What drivers are pulling climate smart agriculture through your value chains as you are increasing adaptations?
- How are you building on various actors in the value chain system as you align climate science information for mutual benefit?