LUD Day, Initiative Visioning

The Land Use Dialogue (LUD) initiative is designed to support landscape approaches to environmental problems. As the initiative moves past a “pilot” stage and into a stage refining and scaling up the LUD model, TFD convened a dialogue to reflect on lessons and future directions for the initiative. The day-long dialogue, held in New Haven, CT USA brought together 44 participants from around the world representing indigenous peoples, civil society, companies, and academia. Participants included TFD Steering Committee, LUD partners, including representatives from IUCN, Apremavi, and Yale-Environmental Learning and Training Initiative, LUD Research Fellows, and Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies Faculty and Staff. 

Dialogue objectives included:

  •  To explore the practical implementation of a landscape approach and what role dialogue plays in that;
  •  To reflect on TFD’s Land Use Dialogue model to supporting a landscape approach;
  •  To set future direction for the LUD initiative with particular emphasis on the TFD-ELTI collaboration to create training and support materials for LUDs in key landscapes.