Both in scientific study and among professionals, landscape approaches that reduce trade-offs and pursue synergies among diverse goals for land and resources are gaining attention. Those ‘landscape approaches’ are increasingly seen as imperatives to expand food production and protect ecosystems, while also reducing poverty and coping with climate change through integrated planning and decision-making. How do landscape approaches differ in practice, though, from sector-based approaches? And given their diverse origins and applications, is it possible to discern best practices that can help achieve the multiple societal objectives from competing land uses in a landscape context?
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