The Launching of “Little Sustainable Landscapes Book”

by Fitrian Ardiansyah, 5 December 2015, Global Landscape Forum, Paris, COP-21.

Little Landscape Book

Picture: by Nienke Stam

The book is written collaboratively by GCP (Global Canopy Program), EcoAgriculture, IDH-The Sustainable Trade Initiative, TNC (The Nature Conservancy) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature).

My remarks at a panel discussion during the launching if this book are:

1) Transformation of commodities throughout supply chain may improve individual concessions and sectors but cross-sectoral challenges are still there and may need to be addressed further. These challenges include land legality, peat/forest management at a larger scale, water/ hydrological management, social dimension/conflicts, and improving productivity of smallholders.

2) Hence, combining productivity improvement and forest/peat protection is required to be done also beyond the scope of concessions. The scale we are talking about include a larger landscape level.

3) This “Little Sustainable Landscapes Book” appears to be little in its presentation but can have a huge impact since it can provide lessons-learnt and guidance for land use players and stakeholders to have a better landscape approach and initiative – and to collaborate meaningfully.

4) In the context of government leadership, not only national government, but sub-national level governments need to take the lead. Nevertheless, they need to be supported by the private sector as well as NGOs and communities to ensure that a healthy mosaic landscape can be achieved.

5) IDH, in our capacity, is piloting 7 to 9 landscapes around the globe and we have provinces in Indonesia that we are trying to support: i.e. South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and Aceh. We believe landscape interventions in this province would entail components of better spatial planning, green growth plan, individual commodities/sectoral plans that take account sustainability, and co-financing/investment to improve productivity of small players and protection/restoration.

6) The costs/investment for landscape interventions, nevertheless,is enormous. Financial sources need to come from both public sources (e.g. government budget, CPO/crude palm oil Fund in the context of Indonesia) and private sources. If these can be combined, challenges in a landscape can be addressed in a structured way.

Copy of the book can be found at

The complete coverage of Little Sustainable Landscapes Book Launch Panel can also be watched on YouTube




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