WHO WE ARE,
WHAT WE DO
The initiative “Collaborating to Operationalise Landscape Approaches for Nature, Development and Sustainability (COLANDS)” works with partners and engages multiple stakeholders in innovative research related to Integrated Landscapes Approaches (ILAs).
As a governance approach, an ILA may coordinate work to reconcile such local/global challenges as climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, and poverty while generating multiple benefits for people in the landscape. ILAs can also enhance resilience and inspire change.
The COLANDS initiative approaches its work as a collaborative effort, particularly in three study locations: Ghana’s Western Wildlife Corridor; southern Zambia’s Kalomo District; and, Indonesia’s Seriang and Labian Leboyan watersheds in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan.
Our founding partner is the Center for International Forestry Research-World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), a leader in global research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management.
Explore this website to learn more about COLANDS and its continuing, innovative research into critical landscape issues, including forestry and other productive processes; as well as the essential work of engaging multiple stakeholders.
COLANDS in the news
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Interwoven landscapes pose complex challenge
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