A landscape for everyone: integrating rights-based and landscape governance approaches

Within a landscape of overlapping ecological, social and economic priorities, plans and programmes aim to balance land use dynamics to combine natural resource management with environmental and livelihood considerations. However, in striving to reach such a balance, people and local institutions are often excluded or forgotten. Many landscapes are not governed equitably and those within the landscape may not know their rights, how to exercise them or lack legal tenure over their land. The integration of rights-based and landscape scale approaches to conservation and sustainable natural resource management leads to better landscape governance. This publication provides us the opportunity to understand landscape approaches in various contexts and understand, more clearly, rights-based approaches through a series of case studies and lessons learnt.