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Do you want to understand the role of rights in governing productive and sustainable landscapes? Join our international short course in Ghana, where we will see how securing rights can facilitate landscape transformation.
Rural landscapes around the world are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Resulting into landscapes becoming more multifunctional as well as fragmented with the necessary implications for public and private actors. Governance is no longer monopolised by governments but has increasingly become a shared responsibility of civil society groups and private sector actors. This creates opportunities for innovative governance arrangements but it can also affect the rights of local actors to contribute or benefit from sustainable practices.
Landscape governance has emerged as a crucial strategy for addressing multiple and often conflicting land use objectives. This integrated approach brings together various stakeholders and their interests and rights in the landscape, thereby facilitating the identification of synergies and trade-offs in the management of natural resources in the landscape. We follow the ten principles of a landscape approach and within this course focus on the principle of clarification of rights and responsibilities. These rights and responsibilities of different actors need to be clear and accepted for fair spatial decision-making to happen.
This course takes place in Ghana where we will learn from various experts who will share their experiences on securing rights in complex governance situations. During a 1-day fieldtrip we will visit the Atewa Forest landscape and explore the role of the landscape functions, its stakeholders and technical, institutional and participatory mechanisms involved in securing rights. Together with your fellow course participants you will work on cases where you will be guided from analysis to action planning. The course is interactive and hands-on and many participatory methods will be used such as discussions, field visit, expert input to stimulate dialogue, innovative thinking and group work.
If you are a professional with at least 3 years of working experience in the fields of landscapes, natural resources management, climate change, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, sustainable development, spatial planning, governance, and other related areas, you are warmly welcome.