Presidential Memorandum Affirms RESOLVE’s work on Landscape-Scale Planning

Nov 3, 2015

Large-scale plans and analysis should inform the identification of areas where development may be most appropriate, where high natural resource values result in the best locations for protection and restoration, or where natural resource values are irreplaceable.”

Today the White House released a Presidential Memorandum calling for the use of “large-scale plans and analysis,” such as landscape-scale and watershed planning, to inform the design of federal policies and standards on conservation and natural resource development. This Memorandum echoes and affirms the work of RESOLVE’s Solutions Network, which is home to a multi-sector group seeking to advance the use of landscape-scale planning for responsible natural resource development. RESOLVE recently produced a series of podcast interviews exploring a variety of perspectives on landscape-scale planning, and RESOLVE and the World Economic Forum have commissioned a white paper by the Nature Conservancy on landscape-scale planning, which will be released later this year.

The Presidential Memorandum emphasizes the use of landscape-scale approaches to achieve both strong environmental outcomes and to encourage development by implementing policies that seek to reduce negative impacts and offset foreseeable harmful impacts to natural resources in advance. The Memorandum also encourages private investment in restoration efforts and public-private partnerships in to achieve restoration and conservation goals.

For more information on the RESOLVE’s work on landscape-scale planning, visit: http://solutions-network.org/site-gemmx/

To listen to RESOLVE Podcasts on landscape-scale planning, visit: https://soundcloud.com/resolveradio

To view the Presidential Memorandum, visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/03/mitigating-impacts-natural-resources-development-and-encouraging-related

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