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3. Build a landscape vision and plan

Work together to create an inspiring collective vision and design your long-term landscape plan.

When stakeholders come together to envision an inspiring future for the landscape they create a vision that reflects their shared aspirations. Through visioning and planning, they can imagine what could be accomplished in unison and then create a landscape plan to guide them there. The landscape plan steers the implementation of holistic landscape restoration activities across the 3 Zones, with everyone collaborating towards a jointly created and agreed vision.

This element is about progressing from vision to action. The first two chapters introduce key stages in this process: a landscape vision, a landscape proposition, and a landscape plan. The final chapter examines tools that landscape restoration practitioners have used for strategic planning. They apply to all kinds of strategic processes, from projects to landscape scale.

A landscape proposition collates key information on both landscape and restoration goals, and based on the landscape vision, provides a roadmap that sets out steps to develop a landscape plan at a later stage. A landscape plan describes a more detailed pathway towards implementation and realisation of the landscape vision. It shows how to deliver the 4 Returns in your landscape in the long term and is the result of intense multi-stakeholder processes based on a continuous effort to include the right people.

The chapter Developing a shared vision for the landscape highlights the significance of creating a landscape vision and how to unite partners and stakeholders in its formation. We explore ways of crafting a powerful vision statement to ignite collaboration, with insights from the field. The takeaway? A shared vision is the cornerstone of collaborative progress, evolving dynamically with the project. Always anticipate the next steps to keep your vision alive and moving forward.

The chapter From vision to action explains how to create a landscape proposition as an initial plan for bringing your vision to life and as a stepping stone to the landscape plan. The chapter will guide you to create a 4 Returns landscape plan, outlining essential steps such as co-creation with stakeholders and defining contents.

The chapter Strategic planning tools provides a foundation for strategic planning, including tools and frameworks to help you move from a vision to actionable steps.

Envisaged outcomes

  • A shared vision for a healthy, sustainable, resilient, productive landscape. The vision should be long-term (at least 20 years) and address the returns desired from the landscape.
  • 4 Returns landscape proposition developed. This document is an initial action-oriented summary of the landscape restoration process, collating key information on the landscape and restoration goals.
  • 4 Returns landscape plan developed. This detailed document sets out how the 4 Returns landscape restoration will be carried out over the long term. The document can be preceded by a landscape proposition to mobilise more stakeholders and resources towards the landscape plan.

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