Photo: Michael Pescott (TFT)

Guiding stakeholders in landscape processes

Getting everyone around the table is a challenge.


Earthworm Foundation (EF, previously The Forest Trust, TFT)

Landscapes are home to many different actors with many different goals: local and national governments seeking economic development; companies supporting international business supply chains; smallholding farmers and local communities relying on the land for their livelihoods; and many species of flora and fauna who need an intact habitat.

This project will guide the many diverse actors within several specific pilot landscapes towards multi-stakeholder solutions that balance community needs with the need to preserve of fragile ecosystems, and demonstrate that economic development need not come at the expense of forests. 


We have a unique opportunity to improve livelihoods and protect nature in landscapes.

TFT’s work to-date has been transformational in helping companies make their supply chains work better for people and nature, with for example more than 80% of the global palm oil trade working with TFT to eliminate deforestation and exploitation. But to make conservation work truly effective, key stakeholders must work together to create a more holistic management plan.

Ecosystem services from livelihood support to watersheds to habitat for threatened species cannot be effectively maintained if governance is fragmented.

The target pilot landscapes in Indonesia, Brazil, and Peru are facing pressures ranging from a changing climate, fragile and rapidly depleting ecosystems, and continuing needs for economic growth.

Now is the time for people to come together to tackle these problems in tandem, so communities and forests can have a resilient future.


Norad intends to offer NOK 45 million in total for the period 2016-2020.


The Forest Trust will guide key stakeholders through a process to develop a robust land use plan with support from local communities, government, business and civil society. 

One of the challenges in a landscape level is getting everyone around the table.

TFT's aim with this project is to mobilize stakeholders who might not otherwise have the opportunity or inclination to work together.

Focusing on pilot areas in Indonesia, Brazil and Peru, TFT will initiate and guide a land use plan; build local capacity for participation in the landscape process, including through provision of monitoring and evaluation tools and smallholder engagement; and cross-pollinate knowledge and best practice within and between landscapes.

Expected results

Landscapes are home to resilient and thriving communities and ecosystems. The outcomes of this project to include:

  1. Governments in Indonesia, Brazil and Peru actively support ongoing implementation of landscape-level solutions;
  2. Companies are committing to and implementing No Deforestation and No Exploitation commitments in key commodity sectors impacting forests in Indonesia, Brazil and Peru; and
  3. Improved monitoring and evaluation of progress through local NGOs. The end impact of these outcomes is that landscapes will be more robust

About the project descriptions

The project descriptions give insight in the NICFI portfolio for civil society organisations supported by Norad. 

The descriptions presented are written by the project partners. Only minor edits have been undertaken by Norad. Their presentations and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the views of Norad.

Published 14.07.2016
Last updated 07.09.2020