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Climate Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice

Climate Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice was published recently at the Global Landscapes Forum in Peru, a practical survey of tools and techniques for managing landscapes in a time of climate change

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This 27-chapter book, led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICARF), brings together a range of work around landscape approaches specifically looking at the pathways, methods and tools needed for achieving sustainable multifunctional landscapes within the context of climate change.  It draws strongly on field experiences and case studies from across the developing world to concretely demonstrate how the concept of taking a landscape approach can be applied both in policy and practice.

It presents scientific evidence in a way that is accessible and applicable by mid-career practitioners and policymakers in a bid to bridge science, policy and practice. This includes a section specifically identifying opportunities for private sector involvement in landscape approaches.

The book was launched at the Global Landscape Forum held on the margins of the UNFCCC COP20.

“This book is a watershed moment for the landscape discourse. It balances analytical work on how to think about landscapes in a very sophisticated way,” said Dr Sara Scherr, President and CEO at EcoAgriculture Partners

Tim Christophersen, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), called it “a great tool for policy makers” and Satya  Tripathi, Director, United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), described it as “practical, with case studies that clearly articulate the concept and implementation of the landscape approach.”

“We will only achieve sustainable development if we work in an integrated manner,” Tripathi added.

The book is available here to download free or to read online.

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