The Institute for Landscape Conservation Design (i4LCD) is a think tank devoted to furthering the study and practice of landscape conservation design.


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Our Contribution


Mission:  We equip communities with the tools needed to design landscapes that sustain life.

Vision:  We envision large landscapes designed for people, planet, and prosperity.

Purpose:  We further the practice of landscape conservation design by providing opportunities to explore, learn, and create.

Specialty: We help stakeholders find answers to questions that impede their design of sustainable landscapes.

Commitment: We are committed to working with stakeholders through region-wide, collaborative processes that build social networks and further collective impact.

Our Beliefs


Inclusiveness.   Better decisions are made when communities make them.

Innovation.  New ideas, methods, and tools are more fun and effective than outdated ones.

Integration.  Working together is more effective than working alone.

Iteration.  We get better at what we do every time we do it.

Optimism.  We maintain a sense of optimism despite the challenges we face.

Our Approach


i4LCD uses an innovation systems framework called the iCASS Platform to guide its approach to landscape conservation design. The iCASS Platform is a holistic, yet flexible systems-based approach that encourages innovation to solve societal challenges. It consists of five attributes and nine principles that are organized around four cornerstones of innovation: people, purpose, process, and products.


What is landscape conservation design?

Landscape conservation design (LCD) is a stakeholder-driven approach to making decisions that further sustainability (a state of low vulnerability and high resilience). It integrates cross-jurisdiction, multi-sector interests with the best available science and traditional knowledge to assess spatial patterns, vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities over time and space. LCD promotes the identification of priority locations across the landscape based on stakeholder interests and understanding of change agents, and more importantly, coordinated multi-partner strategies that further sustainability for current and future generations.

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What is landscape conservation?

Landscape conservation is a transformative adaptation strategy for sustainability. The Network for Landscape Conservation defines it as “an approach that brings people together across geographies, sectors, and cultures to collaborate on conserving our important landscapes and the myriad of ecological, cultural, and economic benefits they provide.” The Center for Large Landscape Conservation adds that it “connects wild lands, working lands, and urban areas into whole, healthy landscapes; and it enhances the conservation value of all lands through the development of strategies that promote adaptation and resilience.”


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