Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice


Landscape approaches present opportunities for sustainable development by enhancing opportunities for synergy between multiple objectives in landscapes (i.e., social, economic and environmental). They challenge the ‘one-place-one-function’ concept of specialization that sees agriculture, forest and urban spheres as ‘silos’. Drawing on a large range of case studies from predominantly the humid, sub-humid and dry tropics across the world, this book provides directly applicable knowledge, while also highlighting key issues requiring further work. Written for researchers, practitioners and policymakers alike, this book links theory to practice. Building on earlier concepts laid out in earlier volumes1, 2, this book explores four central propositions on climate-smart and multifunctional landscape approaches: A. Current landscapes are a suboptimal member of a set of locally feasible landscape configurations; B. Actors and interactions can nudge landscapes towards better managed tradeoffs within the set of feasible configurations, through engagement, investment and interventions; C. Climate is one of many boundary conditions for landscape functioning; D. Theories of change must be built within theories of place for effective location-specific engagement. This book has 27 chapters prepared by 86 authors from 44 institutions, are presented in six parts. After an overall introduction (Part 1), basic concepts that help understand landscapes (Part 2), precede tools and concepts for inducing change (Part 3). Specific attention to involving the private sector (Part 4) and contextualized examples (Part 5) contribute to the synthesis and conclusions (Part 6). 

Minang, P.A.; van Noordwijk, M.; Freeman, O.E.; Mbow, C.; de Leeuw, J.; Catacutan, D.;
Publications Details
Publication Type: Book
Year Published: 2015