Landscape Definition

The Green Prosperity Project’s investment aims to reduce poverty through sustainable growth in selected landscapes. Biophysical, administrative and social elements should be considered when establishing a landscape, while taking into account the spatial scale.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) outlines three key principles to regocnize the landscape of development:

  • Structure
    This concerns the interaction between environmental features, land use patterns man human-made objects.
  • Fuctions
    Provision of environmental services for society.
  • Values
    The values that society places on the agricultural landscape and the cost of maintaining and improving the supply of landscapes by agriculture.

Determining the appropriate landscape of development dependes on these three conceptual elements combined with the following five elements:

  • Shared management objectives
  • Patterns on the field, farm and forest
  • Ecological, social and economic interactions
  • Collaborative process involving the community
  • Market and public policies.



Why is Landscape Approach Necessary for the Green Prosperity?

Green prosperity depends on the quality of ecological goods and services gained in a particular landscape. Therefore, Green Prosperity is created when there is a viable investment in the landscape that use those ecologocal goods and services as inputs for economic activities, such as renewable energy provision or improving natural resource management practice.

The landscape approach as an investment strategy to achieve green prospetity objectives provides a tangible advantages over conventional approaches that focus on specific sectors, such as forestry, agriculture, fishing, soil, and water resources management. The landscape approach for the planning and implementation stage of economic development can provide incentives for communities, local ecosystems as well as economy.

The essence from the Green Prosperity Project is the virtuous cycle created between the environment and sustainable growth. Promoting interdependency between ecological health and economic growth is the key to achievening green prosperity that enriches the livehoods and protects the sustainability of people in the landscape. Furthermore, this approach encourages social inclusion, collaboration and virtuous synergies among various community groups and beneficiaries across the landscape.



Developing Landscapes of Prosperity Project

Projects selected within the Green Prosperity Project should be able to invest community livelihood strategies and better natural resources management. The projects should have the following elements:

  • Increase household incomes, especially the poor whose knowledge, social and human assets add value to the landscape in which they live on which their livelihood depend.
  • Embracing the wider community within and between villages, not just one social group or economic sector, thereby encouraging social inclusiveness.
  • Strenghten social pressure to prevent destructive environmental practices through the widespread enjoyment of project benefits.
  • Reduce sectoral biases that lead tensions between development agencies, donor, and reserachers agencies across the given landscape through multi-sectoral ties.

Reinforce conducive conditions for investment through participatory land-use planning (PLUP), including the establishment of village boundaries, transparent natural resources licensing, and improved spatial plans.