Blueprint: process, lessons, and next steps
We have compiled a series of lessons from our experience in pilot testing the Blueprint for a Sustainable Landscape in Zona Bananera, Colombia.
Blueprint has been an exciting, yet challenging, endeavor implemented during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Tools were field-tested in Colombia’s biodiversity-rich Caribbean ecoregion (Zona Bananera municipality of the Magdalena Department) with a representative sample of 220 respondents and high-resolution land cover analysis of 14,500 hectares (33% of the municipality) of oil palm and banana-dominated landscapes. Working in Zona Bananera SAN and Fundación Natura teamed up to engage local stakeholders, including smallholder producers, communities, local government, civil society, and companies, in assessing the sustainability performance of the region.
Blueprint tools were used to determine key environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities in the municipality through primary and secondary data collection and geospatial analysis to understand current and historic land use. Facilitating this community-driven approach allowed SAN to gain a deeper understanding and a clearer vision for how important local stakeholders are to achieve sustainability outcomes successfully.