Bhutan is a special place. A tiny jewel nestled in the folds of the Himalayas, Bhutan spans an incredibly rich ecological gradient from subtropical forest to the glaciers of some the highest mountains on Earth. It is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Landscape conservation design is a stakeholder-driven, participatory process that: 1) integrates societal values and cross-jurisdiction, multisector interests with the best available interdisciplinary science and traditional knowledge (the people); 2) assesses spatial and temporal patterns, vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities for landscape elements valued by stakeholders (the process); 3) results in a set of spatially explicit products and multi-objective adaptation strategies (the products); 4) protects biodiversity, conserves ecosystem services, and promotes landscapes that are resilient and sustainable for current and future generations (its purpose).
Biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided to people are in decline in the western hemisphere. A multi-sector, participatory approach to integrated planning, design, and delivery is needed to transition to sustainability.