When: 18 – 29 November 2013
Where: Bangkok, Thailand
Course Application Deadline: 7 October 2013
Funding Application Deadline: 1 May 2013*
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The landscape approach seeks to link site-level actions at the farm or forest level to the broader landscape or ecosystem level. Building on the successes and failures of sector-based strategic planning approaches, landscapes-level planning provides a more robust cross-sector and integrated approach for tackling poverty all while ensuring environmental sustainability.
As managers and planners concerned with natural resources, we need to adapt and develop our practices within the context of trends at broader scales such as decentralization and market development (e.g. tourism). No matter how successful Community (or site-based) planning approaches may be at the local level, lacking are coping strategies to deal with environmental and socioeconomic issues and opportunities beyond the community's immediate sphere of influence. This has highlighted the need for landscape-level approaches through which potentially conflicting resource functions can be addressed.
Similarly, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) calls on governments to implement an ecosystem approach to natural resource management that is underpinned by a set of guiding principles for best practices. These principles require coordination between sectors and decision making at different levels — including at the landscape level — and by different stakeholders implying a complex, multi-stakeholder process. The practical implementation of landscape approaches involves using iterative processes adapted for specific, local contexts. This will require new skills and planning tools that may differ significantly from our conventional practices.
The course offers participants an opportunity to familiarize themselves with current practices for landscape-level approaches. It will provide opportunities to develop practical skills and experience in using principles and tools applicable for landscape-level planning, monitoring, and implementation.
The course will equip participants to:
A variety of training approaches will be used. As with all of our courses, the style will be participatory and hands-on. Course facilitators will encourage "learning by doing." Participants are expected to bring their own material to the course, allowing them to share their experiences with others. A web-based learning platform supports participants in applying their individual action plans and learning in their work situations.
The training program is spread over two weeks and includes three days of fieldwork in Thailand to gain practical experience and skills.
The main themes covered during the course will include:**
This course is jointly developed and implemented by RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, and the Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation.
The admission deadline for application directly to Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation is 7 October 2013. For additional information and to view the online application, please visit the Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation website.
*Applicants must apply by 1 May 2013 to qualify for funding assistance.
**RECOFTC and Wageningen reserve the right to change the program.