Guidance for a Landscape Approach in Displacement Settings (GLADS)

Guidance for a Landscape Approach in Displacement Settings (GLADS) offers guidance to all stakeholders to contribute to ecosystem and livelihood resilience of refugees and host communities. The guidance notes are accompanied by examples from the sites, and links to relevant tools.

GLADS Guidance Notes

GLADS consists of five key Guidance Notes on how to apply the integrated landscape approach in displacement settings.

Understanding the displacement setting landscape

A good and shared understanding of the displacement setting landscape is a first step in dealing with “Complexity of social-ecological systems” and “multiple functions and trade-offs”. This includes understanding new social relations and negotiation of access, and use of resources between host communities and other stakeholders.

Developing a common landscape-scale vision for the refugee hosting landscape

Such a vision includes social, environmental and economic sustainability outcomes to be agreed upon considering the current context, and the desired future for the specific landscape, in order to contribute to ecosystem and livelihood resilience of refugees and host communities.

Implementing contextually appropriate integrated interventions targeting sustainability in displacement settings

An integrated approach entails working across sectors, geographic and socioeconomic boundaries, and addressing longer-term objectives and needs. It builds on good understanding of stakeholder perceptions and the principle of effective “participation and stakeholder engagement”, involving both refugees and host communities.

Putting appropriate monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation systems in place for ILA in displacement settings

Continuous monitoring, evaluation and learning on initiatives within an integrated landscape approach in displacement settings, allows for shared understanding of successes and failures, and informs timely adaptation.

Mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion (GESI)

Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) is important to issues across all stages of the conceptualization, development and implementation of interventions, even more so in displacement settings. In displacement settings there are diverse populations, needs, perspectives and options for refugees and host communities influenced by age, religion, ethnicity, vulnerabilities, (minority groups and people with disabilities, etc). Gender mainstreaming into ILA aims at empowering women, men, youth and vulnerable groups to benefit equitably.


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