Working Landscapes


Working Landscapes

By promoting climate-smart landscapes, the Working Landscapes programme will contribute to climate change mitigation, adaptation, improved livelihoods and environmental integrity, which are crucial to achieving the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Forests and trees in well-managed landscapes have the potential to contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and adaptation, while supporting people’s livelihoods and sustaining agricultural value chains.

This programme focuses on the role and contribution of forests and trees in achieving climate change mitigation and adaptation. Through knowledge generation, capacity building and informed dialogue facilitation, we aim for impacts in terms of sustainable land use, inclusive governance and responsible finance and business, with an emphasis on local men and women foresters and farmers, communities, indigenous peoples and forest and farm producers’ organisations. The programme is developed by partners of Tropenbos International across 8 countries: Indonesia, Viet Nam, Ghana, DR Congo, Suriname, Colombia, Bolivia and Ethiopia.

Tropenbos Colombia implements the project in the Solano landscape, Caqueta, Colombia. We envision an intercultural climate-smart landscape with high forest cover can contribute to the connectivity and to maintain the ecological and climatic processes between the Amazon and the Andes, while providing an improved livelihood and income benefits to the inhabitants of the Solano landscape.

What we do:

  • Promote a multi-stakeholder platform to consolidate the different visions on the landscape and production systems for an integrated spatial planning by the local government;
  • Promote the construction of a citizen agenda based on training in climate change adaptation and mitigation, including the restoration of forests and actions to solve socioecological conflicts between neighbours (especially between peasants and indigenous resguardos);
  • Develop effective and inclusive models that promote restoration, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in the main ecosystems present in the landscape;
  • Develop training programmes about commercialization of forest products for peasant and indigenous communities;
  • Generate and implement tailor-made financial mechanisms that promote the conservation and restoration of forests;
  • Promote the formulation of a participatory policy on women and care of the environment together with other CSO´s and the municipality;
  • Promote a cultural change to value forests and trees; and
  • Develop a productive forest restoration model