Still in its early stages of development, the Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) is established under the GEF-funded Good Growth Partnership (GGP)’s framework, one of the UNDP GCP’s global initiatives. The LAT is designed to increase knowledge on how to build capacity in order to design and employ effective strategies that succeed in improving commodity production while preserving forests at the landscape level. The LAT responds to the need to improve the understanding of the most effective strategies to achieve this goal.
The Landscape Analysis Tool’s main objective is to analyse the status and dynamics of changes in deforestation that take place at the landscape level, as well as to assess the impact of any project which focuses on reducing deforestation in that specific landscape.
The LAT can be used and applied by any project team interested in assessing the impact of a specific Project working on deforestation, considering important factors in the landscape. The results and recommendations of the tool can be used to adjust and guide implementation of that Project or other new projects in order to maximize impact.
The tools in LAT consists of a methodology/implementation guidebook and a tangible formatted template(s) (i.e., “tools” or “research instrument”) (web-based or other) in which relevant data can be inputted and processed by any project team following the clear instructions provided in the implementation guide.
The Tool is applied in three main stages:
1. The Scoping Phase, where all the relevant information is compiled to guide the implementation of the LAT;
2. A Baseline Assessment. In this phase, LAT undertakes a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the status of the landscape and its evolution over time.
3. The Project Causality is finally assessed to understand how a project has contributed to deforestation reduction, taking into account all relevant factors within the landscape.
As a pilot project, the LAT was fully applied in Eastern Paraguay, under the Green Landscape project. Full baseline assessments were completed in 5 additional landscapes, including the districts of South Tapanuli, Sintang and Pelalawan in Indonesia, the Chaco region in Paraguay, and North-Western Liberia. Project causality will be assessed in the second part of 2021
For more information, please contact Andrea Bina at [email protected].