Landscape Governance Training of Trainers (TOT)



The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), along with its regional member countries, identifies and develops transboundary landscape initiatives in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. Several transboundary initiatives have been launched and are well underway in the fragile landscape of the HKH. Studies in these areas show that it is possible to strike a balance between conservation and development, and mitigate competing claims regarding land use. Only under the condition that they are carefully designed, facilitated, and take into account the multi-functionality of the landscape, as well as the basic principles of the sustainable management of natural resources, stakeholder involvement, and inclusive and informed spatial decision-making, can these initiatives be successful. These are the basic ingredients of ‘landscape governance’. Landscape governance provides an appropriate framework for the HKH transboundary programme. 

The rationale for developing a landscape governance learning and training programme is to design a capacity-building trajectory for partners and lead agencies operating in the five transboundary landscapes so that they can design, develop and facilitate landscape governance mechanisms, and to enhance their landscape’s resilience in a sustainable and inclusive manner. ICIMOD will lead a series of three workshops, set to take place over a period of 18 months, beginning September 2016. Wageningen University’s Centre for Development Innovation will facilitate the meetings with the help of ICIMOD staff. 

The first regional training of trainers (TOT) on transboundary landscape governance is planned for September 2016 with the aim of targeting those national and subnational players who have the necessary training skills and are in positions of influence. Participants will get the opportunity to hone their capacities as landscape governance facilitators, leaders and professionals. The selection of resource persons and institutions to participate in the programme will be key as it will determine who the facilitators leading the action on the next level will be. They will also be housing the module at the national and sub-national levels. 


The main objective of the TOT is to guide the participants through the curriculum with particular focus on: 

  • the basic principles of the TOT approach, including the principles of competence-based learning. 
  • conceptual understanding of landscape governance, of transboundary landscape governance in particular, with particular focus on didactic skills. 
  • contextualisation of the curriculum to the participants’ own specific landscape conditions and an understanding of the participants’ own role in landscape governance.