Louise Buck - Strengthening Capacities for Collaborative Landscape Management in Africa


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This presentation by Louise Buck outlines the points covered in the parallel session on Strengthening Capacities for Collaborative Landscape Management in Africa at the LPFN in Africa Conference #LPFNinAfrica on July 2, 2014. (Photos in this presentation are courtesy of Neil Palmer, CIAT, CIMMYT, Lee Gross, EcoAgriculture Partners, Bernand Gagnon, Eileen Delhi and John Picken)

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Louise Buck - Strengthening Capacities for Collaborative Landscape Management in Africa

  1. 1. Strengthening Capacities for Collaborative Landscape Management in Africa Louise Buck, EcoAgriculture Partners and Cornell University
  2. 2. Introduction • Integrated management of rural landscapes is a preferred way to satisfy human demands for resources in ways that sustain ecosystems and improve livelihood security and equity. Working from a landscape perspective requires a broad spectrum of capacities.
  3. 3. Capacities, Landscape Capacities and Capacity Development Capacities • Knowledge: understanding from a theoretical perspective • Skill: applying knowledge in real life • Attitude: shapes decisions, actions and behavior based on values, beliefs and paradigms that drive them Photo: CIMMYT
  4. 4. Landscape Capacities • Technical know-how • Ability to consider landscapes as elements of food, livelihood and ecosystem service systems • Feeling for spatial processes, inter-disciplinary team work, complex stakeholder learning and decision-making and local circumstances
  5. 5. Landscape Capacity Development • Training • Long term engagement in landscapes • On the job facilitated collaborative learning • Landscape experience elsewhere to help think “outside the box” Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT
  6. 6. Landscape Capacity Development Activities Design, support, facilitation of multi- stakeholder learning Organizational and institutional support Training Mentoring Training of trainersAdvisory supportCoaching Action research and action learning Farmer field schools Other vehicles for learning
  7. 7. Cross-Landscape Learning Activities • Study tours • Dialogues and learning exchanges • Web-based resource portals • E-groups • International training and encounters offered by global knowledge providers such as universities and knowledge institutes Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT
  8. 8. Landscape Capacity Development: Findings from Recent Studies • Integrated landscape initiatives for African agriculture, development and conservation: a region-wide assessment examines 87 ILIs in 33 African countries • Provides insight into contexts and challenges of diverse ILIs and lessons learned regarding capacity development
  9. 9. Region-Wide Assessment of ILIs • Producer groups and NGOs drive most ILIs. • Most ILIs invest in improving landscape planning, coordination and governance. • Many ILIs invest in developing capacities in agriculture production and conservation management practices. Photo: John Picken
  10. 10. NACOMA Investment in Capacity Development • Integrated coastal management (ICM) strategy called for large scale capacity development • Awareness raising on influence of different stakeholder groups • Educating stakeholders on principles of ICM • Building neutral platform • Developing skills in coordination and rapport building
  11. 11. Capacity Development Challenges • Coordinating stakeholders • Building trust • Reducing conflict • Working in unsupportive policy frameworks Photo: Lee Gross, EcoAgriculture Partners
  12. 12. Capacity Development Needs • Improve private sector engagement • Improve government support and leadership • Improve knowledge sharing and exchange • Improve multi- stakeholder mechanisms and governance Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT
  13. 13. Conclusions from ILI Assessment and Other Studies • Technical management capacities relatively easy to develop • Cross-cutting capacities related to stakeholder management, leadership and governance highly in demand Photo: Bernard Gagnon
  14. 14. Key Action Areas for Landscape Capacity Development • Curriculum development for new breed of landscape professionals • Government support and leadership • Multi-stakeholder mechanisms & governance • Farmer engagement • Private sector engagement Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT
  15. 15. Potential Action Steps • Analyze approaches, methods and results of current capacity development initiatives. • Assess potential for building entrepreneurial landscapes. • Form a “global landscape academy.” Photo: Eileen Delhi
  16. 16. Springboards for Action • Draw from the many groups across Africa who are developing tools and programs to enhance capacity for landscape management • Participate in Wageningen UR Center for Development Innovation l/s learning events • Engage with LPFN Working Group on Landscape Strengthening
  17. 17. Further Springboards for Action Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT ?