Philippine Landscape Governance Learning Program

Are you working in forestry, and want to develop a more integrated perspective on multifunctional land use? Are you working in agriculture, and want to enhance the sustainability of your activities? Are you working on spatial planning, struggling with land use conflicts and trying to find a good way out? Then, this course is just what you need!


Forested landscapes in the Philippines are increasingly integrated in global processes of resource utilization, trade, market development, and climate change. Landscapes, however, are rarely recognised as a formal level within the decentralised system, given the administrative boundaries and jurisdiction of the multiple levels of government.

Therefore, it is often hard to tally formal planning and decision-making processes with the specific dynamics of landscapes. Participatory discussions and conflict mediation between stakeholders and their interests are therefore increasingly needed. Professionals who are able to facilitate these often complex, multi-stakeholder processes are thus in high demand.

Because of this, the Forest Foundation Philippines and Tropenbos International (TBI) have developed the Philippine Landscape Governance Learning Program. It is a highly interactive training program organised in collaboration with the Wageningen University and Research – Centre for Development Innovation (WRU-CDI), which has vast experience in participatory and hands-on professional training on landscape governance. Together, these organizations will offer a stimulating learning environment, where you will learn not only from the trainers but also from fellow-professionals from various landscapes in the Philippines.


During the program, you will:

  1. Examine landscape dynamics at various levels and scales;
  2. Identify the institutional change needed to enhance multi- stakeholder governance processes at the landscape level;
  3. Evaluate your role in landscape and improve your capacities as facilitator of landscape; and
  4. Become familiar with tools that support the analysis and facilitation of landscape governance.


  1. Mid-career professionals from the following sectors: civil society, government, academe and business
  2. Involved in natural resource management, agriculture, spatial analysis, social enterprises and other related fields in the following landscapes: Sierra Madre, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, Samar and Leyte, and Palawan in the Philippines


The tentative schedule of activities is as follows:

October 2017

Classes: One-week full-time course (Philippines)

October 2017 to March 2018

Practicum: Application of learnings in daily work, online discussions with peers and other learning events (Forest landscape)


Application requirements, which include an accomplished application form, letter of motivation and letter of endorsement from supervisor, must be submitted to on or before September 1, 2017.

Link to download the application form: Application Form


For more information about the program, please send an e-mail to

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