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BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Integrated landscape approaches are a way of reconciling local socio-economic and global environmental challenges, according to Terry Sunderland, principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research.

The landscape represents an ideal scale at which to implement strategies and evaluate progress of initiatives designed towards more sustainable outcomes for both people and nature, he said in an address to the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany in December.

Additionally, landscape approaches are increasingly acknowledged within global environmental policy discourse and have generated significant discussion and debate within the scientific and practitioner communities, Sunderland said.

However, despite this momentum, a lack of consensus exists over how to define a landscape approach, how to best apply the approach in practice, and the appropriate spatial scale for implementation and analysis.




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