• Landscape approaches hold promise as an innovative solution to safeguard ecosystems while balancing the claims and needs of different stakeholders, including local people in commodity-producing countries and global consumers linked via export markets.
• Private-sector actors, especially multinational companies, increasingly engage in landscape initiatives. But many of these initiatives have key design gaps that must be addressed.
• Landscape initiatives should look beyond individual value chain activities and sourcing areas in a landscape. They should support diverse land uses and ecosystem services in a given landscape and foster effective collaboration among all relevant stakeholders.
• The quality of landscape initiatives could be improved if businesses collaborated more with outside experts – including scientists and development specialists.

CDE Policy Brief (PDF)