Special Issue "Collaboration and Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in Landscape Governance and Management in Africa: Lessons from Practice"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Sheona Shackleton

African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa
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Interests: vulnerability; climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; landscape and livelihood change; transdisciplinarity
Guest Editor
Dr. Nicola Favretto

School of Earth and Environment, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom
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Interests: sustainable land management and rural development; climate change mitigation and adaptation; sustainable energy
Guest Editor
Prof. Chris Gordon

Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
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Interests: transdisciplinary research; research into use; integrated water management; SDG linkages; adaptation
Guest Editor
Dr. Nadine Methner

African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa
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Interests: ecosystem-based climate change adaptation; transdisciplinarity; inclusive landscape approaches; multi-level governance and collective action; transformation
Guest Editor
Dr. George Outa

University of Nairobi, Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation P.O Box 30197-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
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Interests: governance issues; communication and advocacy; legal and regulatory aspects of environment and climate change
Guest Editor
Dr. Phosiso Sola

Impact Acceleration & Learning: World Agroforestry (ICRAF), United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya
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Interests: natural resource governance; climate resilience; value chains; gender; bioenergy
Guest Editor
Dr. Susannah M. Sallu

Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK
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Interests: rural livelihoods; vulnerability and resilience; climate change and development
Guest Editor
Ms. Likho Sikutshwa

African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa
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Interests: climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; biodiversity; conservation; ecology; landscapes and livelihood change
Guest Editor
Ms. Portia Adade Williams

CSIR—Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana
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Interests: livelihood vulnerability; climate change adaptation; socioeconomic studies; agriculture and rural development; research and policy linkage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

Understanding the social and environmental impacts of multiple drivers of global and local change in Africa requires systemic and longitudinal place-based research. Landscapes provide the ‘ideal’ unit for this purpose, as well as for applying sustainable solutions that tackle complex—sometimes wicked—development and environmental challenges. Through a landscape approach, it is possible to explore the interaction between multiple sustainable development goals (SDGs), enabling understanding of the impacts of change and risk on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and livelihoods, as well as the implementation of locally appropriate and integrated response options. Indeed, landscape approaches have been widely promoted by government agencies, NGOs, and conservation organisations as a way for realising new pathways towards a more resilient future (e.g., https://peoplefoodandnature.org/about/). Synthesis work drawing on research from different landscape sites has helped to distil out a set of principles or conditions required for successful integrated, cross-scale landscape governance and management. A key condition that has received much emphasis is the need for stakeholder engagement and collaboration across the landscape.

Collaborative and multi-stakeholder governance and management of landscapes has the potential to promote the inclusion of marginalised voices, ensure appropriate actions and responses aligned to local concerns and needs, as well as bring frequently disconnected actors, sectors, and government institutions together in pursuit of the common goal of increased landscape resilience and sustainability. Moreover, meaningful collaboration that is accountable, inclusive, transparent, and legitimate can improve the chances that such partnerships will continue to function into the future. However, there is no single way to achieve effective collaboration. Different landscape projects have experimented with different entry points and engagement processes. This Special Issue aims to document these processes for engagement and collaboration, explore what has worked or not worked, identify what could be done better, and provide recommendations with the ultimate aim of providing practical guidelines for other landscape sites.

We invite contributors to develop case studies from their landscape sites that address (amongst others) a) how they began engaging with landscape actors and the approaches and tools they used for this, b) how they dealt with the challenges and power issues associated with bringing together landscape actors with different values and goals, c) how they facilitated knowledge co-production and how actions in the landscape were initiated, d) how they ensured ongoing collaboration, and f) what important lessons (including failures) have emerged, and what recommendations would they make for others working in landscapes. We also invite papers that synthesise findings on collaboration from multiple cases and/or deal with the theoretical aspects of what enables or constrains effective collaboration to build resilience in landscapes and livelihoods in Africa.

Authors who are interested in this Special Issue should submit abstracts (300 words) to [email protected] by 30th September 2019. These abstracts will be reviewed by co-editors and invitations made for the submission of full manuscripts.

Prof. Sheona Shackleton
Dr. Nicola Favretto
Prof. Chris Gordon
Dr. Nadine Methner
Dr. George Outa
Dr. Phosiso Sola
Dr. Susannah M. Sallu
Ms. Likho Sikutshwa
Ms. Portia Adade Williams
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • landscape approaches
  • landscape governance
  • landscape management
  • stakeholder engagement
  • collaboration
  • case studies
  • Africa

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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