Deciding how to manage a landscape is complex – the Land Use Dialogue (LUD) initiative is setting the groundwork for it to be more inclusive and responsive to local needs.
In April 2016, representatives from the private sector, NGOs, local government bodies, academic institutions and farming communities came together in Atalanta, Santa Catarina to discuss land-use planning in the Upper Itajai Valley. The goal? To identify how a landscape can fulfil the immediate needs of local communities while continuing to supply ecosystem services such as clean air, water and carbon sequestration.
The forum – first in a series of LUDs planned internationally – created a valuable space for land-use practitioners to share learning and discuss implementation challenges.
Importantly, the LUD encouraged local communities to engage directly with land-use planners. This cross-sectoral communication is critical to IUCN’s goal of catalysing inclusive and socially-cohesive forest landscape restoration projects.
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