A river basin landscape with the sun set on the background.

Financing sustainable landscapes for people and nature

What is the Landscape Approach?

Sustainable landscapes are needed to support inclusive livelihoods, protect and restore biodiversity, and tackle climate change.

The landscape approach is an integrated territorial management framework that seeks to integrate sustainable production, conservation, and inclusive social development across a whole land use mosaic, to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services, whilst ensuring room for subsistence and commercial activities. It coordinates individual efforts and actors, supports development activities, and mobilises financing and political commitments.

Development of a sustainable landscape approach requires five linked action areas shown on the right, supported by three pillars.

Landscape Resilience Fund support for landscapes

The LRF has a dedicated funding window for sustainable landscape development, alongside windows for SME investments and technical assistance, and funds a range of landscape-level activities in its landscapes, including:

  • Multi-stakeholder platforms, to support inclusive and effective landscape governance and collaboration
  • Landscape analysis and monitoring, to understand climate trends and impacts, and inform LRF interventions
  • Training for farmers and SMEs, on resilient agriculture and sustainable business practices
  • Identification of investment opportunities for the LRF, and local pre- and post-investment process support

LRF’s integrated approach: landscape work creates an enabling environment through improved landscape governance and management, with support for more sustainable and resilient supply chains. SME investments, in turn, improve livelihoods and encourage a transition to climate-smart agriculture practices within the landscape

By investing in climate adaptation, LRF funders exhibit extraordinary leadership and help build climate resilience in high-risk landscapes.