Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as units of political administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralised structures of states.
At the same time, governance is no longer monopolised by governments, but has increasingly become a shared responsibility of civil society groups and private sector actors. Many of these actors are experimenting with their newly assigned roles as co-developers and implementers of landscape governance. Examples are certification schemes, corporate social responsibility (CSR), citizen’s initiatives and different forms of payment for environmental services. Professionals who are able to facilitate these complex multi-stakeholder processes are in high demand – are you ready to become one?
This course challenges forest and nature management professionals to adopt an integrative perspective, to look beyond the forest, take into account cross-sectorial concerns and work in multidisciplinary teams. In this course we focus on the development of institutional development at landscape level including multi-stakeholder platforms and networks, and financial support mechanisms to guide landscape dynamics on the ground. This course is a co-production of CDI, CIFOR and ICRAF, all having vast experience in landscape and society related research.
Upon completion of the course you will:
• critically examine landscape dynamics at various levels and scales;
• understand the implications of up-scaling participation to working with diverse stakeholder groups at landscape level;
• be able to identify the institutional change needed to enhance multi-stakeholder governance processes at landscape level;
• be able to assess your own role as manager or practitioner, and develop your competencies as a facilitator of landscape governance processes.
Participants should be experienced professionals with several years of working experience in the fields of natural resources management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, sustainable development or other relevant areas. Proficiency in English is required.
Deadline: 03 August 2015
Deadline NFP/MENA: 24 March 2015
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