Global Landcare Strategy 2021 - 2026
Global Landcare began in 2020, with many of its members having been involved in Landcare at policy, program, and operational levels for more than 30 years in various landscapes across the globe. Many bring international, regional, national and grassroot experiences in agricultural, forestry and environmental management.
At the International Conference of Landcare Studies – Global resilience through local self-reliance – the Landcare model, in Nagoya, Japan Nov 2017, 65 Landcare practitioners and academics from 11 countries declared that it is vital that the relationships and sharing of knowledge from this conference to create a global network expanded. They determined that:
Landcare values and principles could significantly contribute to grassroots activities for sustainable agriculture, climate adaptation and mitigation, social and environmental wellbeing, and could therefore contribute significantly to the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
All of this is possible through a global network which facilitates shared commitments, strategic partnerships, collaborations, and the provision of resources (knowledge, skills, information, training etc.) to deliver capacity building at a local, regional, national, and global level. Landcare develops this kind of network.
Global Landcare encourages more investment to be made in social infrastructure and on-ground action through Landcare, as a mechanism to help achieve the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for mitigation and adaption linked to climate change.
The international Landcare networks – the Secretariat for International Landcare (SILC), Australian Landcare International (ALI) and Landcare International (LI) united to form Global Landcare in October 2020.
Landcare’s environmental and social achievements over the last three decades justify taking it to the global stage.
Landcare began in Australia in 1986 and is based on local community groups working to improve the conservation values, natural resource management (NRM) and productive resources of their area to ensure sustainable communities. It has been demonstrated an effective way to reduce the impacts of soil erosion, salinity, pest plants and animals, and to improve the habitat of native fauna and flora in Australia. In doing so it has also improved farm production.
The Landcare approach can be described as:
Statement of purpose
Principles of how we work
Themes and focus areas of work
Members of the Global Landcare community participated in a survey in 2021 to determine their priority views and aspirations for Global Landcare, and the strategic direction the group should take. The following four themes, as discussed following in detail, emerged from the consultation:
1. Capacity building and training, research and documentation
2. Partnerships, networks, and regional support
3. Communications, advocacy, and outreach
4. Fundraising and project support.
1. Capacity building training, research, documentation and outreach
2a. Partnerships and networks
2b. Regional support
3a. Raising our profile
3b. Sharing our collective knowledge
3c. Sharing our stories
3d. Promoting collaboration across the globe
4b. Project Support
Vision for the next 5 years
A strategic planning session was held in March, 2021 to priorities initial effort for Global Landcare to enact the strategic directions. The following outlines the vision for the next five years, with a 12-month action plan capturing the initial activities.