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International seminar Landscape Governance, Spatial Planning and Finance
International seminar Landscape Governance, Spatial Planning and Finance
Wednesday June 29, 2016 Image: LPFN
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


June 29, 2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Wageningen UR Campus, building 115, Stippeneng 2,
Wageningen, Netherlands
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Wageningen UR CDI, LPFN, F&BKP

In the context of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative (LPFN) and its visit to the Netherlands, Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation is organizing a seminar on “Landscape approach to Governance, Planning and Finance”.

Integrated landscape management is increasingly recognized as a means to simultaneously achieve sustainable  food production, ecosystem conservation, and sustainable livelihoods at the landscape level. This is why the seminar aims to contribute to the further sharing of knowledge, dialogue and action to support integrated landscape management worldwide.

The seminar will take place in Wageningen Impulse, which is an inspiring environment for people from different backgrounds to informally meet. There will be three Wageningen scholars to introduce the participants to the topics of landscape governance, spatial planning and landscape finance. After these presentations, the participants will be split into groups, to further dive into the three topics, share practical experiences, and exchange innovative tools.

The outcomes of the seminar will offer a ‘state-of-the-art’ knowledge on landscape governance, planning and finance; help identify the major knowledge gaps, and collectively draft a knowledge agenda for landscape approaches and their application to governance, planning and finance across the globe.


Opening by Hedwig Bruggeman, Director of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Plenary session with three key note speakers, introducing the three main topics:

  1. Prof. Dr. Bas Arts (Wageningen Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group) will kick off by introducing landscape governance as an integrated approach, involving multiple stakeholder groups, and working across scales. Landscape governance not only considers the characteristics of the landscapes in question, but also the wider environmental, social and economic drivers that affect it, such as commodity chains, climate change, or social migration.
  2. Dr. Ed Dammers (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency) will lead us through the past, present and future of spatial planning in the Netherlands. He will emphasise the interplay between nature and culture, and focus on the landscape level as the ideal level to integrate various sectoral interests and to boost so-called regional qualities.
  3. Prof. Dr. Lars Hein (Environmental Systems Analysis Group) will introduce the topic of natural capital accounting, as a means to monitor landscape changes. Natural capital accounting is an important instrument for policy-makers to identify cost-effective environmental management options, and for landscape investors to invest.


Sharing of experiences in thematic groups, for participants to share experiences related to the three topics

  1. Landscape governance (facilitator Cora van Oosten)
  2. Spatial planning (facilitator James Mulkerrins)
  3. Landscape finance (facilitator André Brasser)
  4. Innovative tools for planning, decision making and finance (facilitator Melissa Thaxton)

Plenary feedback of the group work

  1. Connecting the dots: reflection of the relation between landscape governance, spatial planning and finance
  2. Identification of challenges, and drafting of a joint knowledge development agenda

Drinks & bites, with a reflection on landscapes and food systems of the future, in the Restaurant of the Future

More information

For more information, please contact: Cora van Oosten, Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Tel.: (+31)317-481397, (+31)613657052,

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