A multi-layered approach to achieving sustainable production, forest protection and social inclusion

IDH promotes a vision of landscapes where sustainable production of agro-commodities contributes to the protection and restoration of critical ecosystems, while enhancing communities’ livelihoods. This vision can’t be achieved by relying solely on public funding. A key question that many organizations are struggling with, is how to structure landscape initiatives so that they attract new sources of finance.

We are aiming to provide an answer to this question, through our Production, Protection, Inclusion approach we are piloting in 12 landscapes in 8 countries. This requires working at different scales (global, national, regional, and even village-level), and with various stakeholders: governments (national, regional, district), business, farmers and communities.

What we do in practice?
• We secure government commitments and engagement at different levels of jurisdiction: municipality, region, and national level. This helps “derisk” the landscape.
• We build strong links to supply chains: producing companies at the jurisdictional level, but also buyers, traders, and their clients (brands and retailers). We help them find solutions to achieving their sustainability commitments.
• We engage with farmers/communities, ensuring that no-one is left behind – inclusion is critical to the success of landscape initiatives