Impact and Learning

The members of an LP need to have some way to assess progress made in realizing the long-term vision and reaching the short-term goals of the LP. This means developing a practical and transparent learning and impact monitoring system that can help assess the actual outcomes of landscape activities against agreed indicators of holistic landscape-level impact. Landscape-scale impact assessment also supports ongoing collective learning about ways to improve the effectiveness of different management interventions. 

Results can be used by the LP to adapt and improve its own strategy, targets, action plans and investments. Evidence from impact assessments can also demonstrate to policy makers and other actors the benefits of the LP and of ILM, and mobilize greater support for the approach and for the actions and investments being promoted. 

Examples of landscapes using impact assessments and methods for capturing lessons and results include the Greater San Jose Metropolitan Area, Costa Rica and the Chiapas Coffee growing region, Mexico.

The ILM process is a journey; progress is not linear.