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Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes


Supplying food, fuel & fiber for nine billion people, without depleting the earth’s natural resources, is a critical challenge in the years ahead.


Increasingly, farmers, extractive industries, energy companies, tourism facilities and expanding populations have competing claims on scarce land and water resources. Balancing the claims and interests of all stakeholders - companies, governments, civil society organizations and others - is key to sustainable land and water management.


Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA)

IDH's landscapes program, ISLA, works together with government, business and civil society to improve livelihoods and contribute to economic development while minimizing environmental harm. 


The program addresses: deforestation, livelihoods, water management and toxic loading.


We convene all relevant stakeholders in a landscape and build public-private coalitions consisting of government, business and civil society players. Together we identify the main sustainability issues, agree on joint actions and co-invest in projects and scalable solutions.


ISLA is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Fund (NICFI).


We are active in 11 landscapes around the world through the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) and a partnership with the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI):


  • The State of Mato Grosso in Brazil
  • Provinces of West Kalimantan, South Sumatra and Aceh in Indonesia
  • South West Mau Forest in Kenya
  • Central Highlands region in Vietnam
  • The wider Taï forest region in Cote d’Ivoire
  • Central Rift Valley in Ethiopia 
  • Nimba, Lofa and Sapo areas in Liberia 

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