The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative (LPFN) submitted a position statement outlining an integrated landscape approach to the Chairs of the United Nations’ Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) last week, and opened it for public signatures on the first day of the OWG’s 10th Session, Monday March 31st. See the statement and support LPFN by signing and sharing it.
LPFN believes that for the post-2015 SDG agenda to be effective, policy makers, eaters, farmers, scientists, governments, and businesses need to adopt an integrated approach that recognizes and embraces the interconnectedness of social, economic, and environmental goals. The goals can no longer be separate, but encourage collaboration and build coalitions. With this in mind, The LPFN has proposed a general target for landscape management, which provides the foundation for a “dashboard” of targets and indicators for country implementers to choose from, according to context and need, for each goal.
The main proposed target is that all landscapes be managed by their stakeholders, across sectoral and administrative boundaries, in a way that integrates food security, sustainable production, livelihood development and ecosystem services. LPFN has issued a call to action, urging the Open Working Group to include LPFN’s main target in the final language that will direct the global project of sustainable development for the next generation.