Site-based or community level approaches to natural resources management, however successful, can no longer cope with environmental issues exceeding the community's immediate sphere of influence. Larger scale developments of globalisation, market development, increased resource exploitation and climate change increasingly define land use dynamics of larger spatial units called landscapes. Although historically shaped by their internal ecological, economic and socio-cultural dynamics, landscapes increasingly have to accommodate global demands, leading to overlapping resource claims, and conflict. This has turned landscapes into complex arenas of decision-making, driven by local, regional and global interests.
But where and how are decisions regarding the landscape to be made? And who is responsible for necessary trade-offs? Political and administrative decentralisation generally cut across landscape boundaries, and sector based strategies do not take into account the cross-sectoral realities of landscapes. New landscape-level institutions such as multi-stakeholder platforms and networks are emerging, but which are their mandates with regard to landscape-level design, planning and implementation? And how to create robust and resilient landscapes, where economic prosperity does go hand-in-hand with both human well-being and ecological integrity?
In this course, you will not gain clear-cut answers or blue prints. But you will gain new understanding of ecological, economic and social networks, and their dynamics within the landscape. You will gain insight in the inter-disciplinary and integrated character of landscape approaches. And you will learn how to position yourself in your role as manager, policy maker or practitioner within your own landscape, able to make use of a wide range of principles and tools to foster inclusive and informed decision-making at landscape level.
Interested candidates can apply to Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation for admission to the training. Click here to apply.
A limited number of fellowships is available from Nuffic - the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for nationals of certain countries. In order to apply for such a NFP fellowship, you have to register through the Nuffic Scholarship Online (SOL) system. Applications for NFP fellowships should be submitted before 1 May 2012. You will be informed by Nuffic whether your application has been accepted. More information on the NFP fellowships.
Please note that for a valid NPF fellowship application you need to register directly at CDI as well as at Nuffic (SOL). Your fellowship application will not be taken into account if you register with only one of these two institutions.
- NFP Fellowships available – apply before 1 May 2012 -