In recent years, there has been rapidly growing interest from the food industry and agribusiness in ‘sustainable landscapes’. Leading companies have begun new placed-based partnerships with other businesses and other sectoral actors to address operational risks and to meet corporate commitments related to deforestation, water quality and supply, climate change, and community livelihoods and rights.
Business for Sustainable Landscapes is a collaboration jumpstarted by the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, a global knowledge and learning platform on integrated landscape management. Its goals are to better understand ‘multi-stakeholder landscape partnerships’ and to encourage them at a global scale by developing supportive policies, tools and strategies to be used by influential business, civic and government leaders.
Hosted by EcoAgriculture Partners, IUCN, SAI Platform and the Sustainable Food Lab, a group of diverse leaders from business, government and civil society met at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy from 31 May to 2 June to share experiences and map out priorities for increasing business participation in sustainable landscapes. The goal of the workshop was to examine the business case for different kinds of companies to pursue landscape approaches in agricultural sourcing and production regions; solutions to common challenges and barriers in implementing effective landscape partnerships; key strategic needs and innovations to advance sustainable sourcing of raw materials for business through landscape partnerships; and to assess priorities for action. Participants in the Bellagio workshop shared cases, articulated hurdles, discussed ways to overcome those hurdles, identified existing sources of support for landscape partnerships and corresponding gaps, and outlined an Action Agenda and next steps.
Find out more about the workshop here.
Read about SUSTAIN-Africa, a landscapes partnership involving IUCN.