The LandScale assessment framework is open for public consultation until October 15, 2019

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Big Challenges Need Big Solutions

Time is running out to solve the complex and far-reaching environmental and socio-economic challenges facing our planet. Issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and water depletion will affect us all. Yet no individual, community, business, or government can tackle them alone. We need to look beyond our own borders—be that of a farm, village or supply chain—to fully understand these challenges and implement effective actions to address them.

LandScale is a new initiative to help those who are ready to think big and collaborate between sectors or across an entire landscape to address these challenges and drive sustainability at scale. This initiative is co-led by the Rainforest Alliance, Verra, and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance, in collaboration with a growing number of global partners.

What is LandScale?

As the saying goes, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” At the heart of LandScale is the assessment framework, which provides a standardized approach for assessing and communicating sustainability status and trends across landscapes. This can help organizations involved in implementing jurisdictional or landscape approaches, as well as those sourcing commodities from or investing in rural landscapes, to:

How can LandScale Help You?

LandScale is designed to provide the private sector, governments, and civil society with objective and credible information about the status of and trends in sustainability performance at landscape scale. It can be used to:

Have Your Say

First LandScale Public Consultation: The first version (version 0.1) of the LandScale Assessment Framework and Guidelines is now open for public consultation until October 15, 2019.

We would like to invite anyone involved in jurisdictional or landscape approaches, or interested in addressing the far-reaching sustainability challenges we face, to participate in the first LandScale public consultation. As part of this first consultation, we are inviting your feedback on the first version of the LandScale Assessment Framework and Guidelines to ensure that it is practical, robust, and helps to drive improvements in landscape-scale sustainability. Please also share this information with your networks.

How to Participate

We offer two ways to participate in the public consultation, in order of preference:

1. Using Collaborase, an online platform designed to make it easier to provide feedback on documents. A brief video with instructions on how to navigate the platform is available here, and an infographic with basic instructions is available here.

2. Filling in this Review Template in Microsoft Word and sending it via email to


Next Steps
At the end of the consultation process, LandScale will publish a summary of comments. The summary will provide a list of the names and affiliations of commenters, but it will treat each specific comment as anonymous.

Based on stakeholder feedback, version 0.2 of the document—including the draft verification mechanism, and data and reporting platform—is expected to be released in Quarter 2 of 2020 for a second round of public consultation. The first full version of LandScale will be ready for general use by the end of 2020.

Any questions?
If you have questions about the public consultation process or have any other concerns, please email

Thank you in advance for your feedback. Your contributions will help to improve the rigor and relevance of LandScale.

*Additional supporting materials on LandScale are available in the Resources section below.

LandScale Pilots

Early versions of the LandScale assessment framework are being tested in a number of different landscapes, which cover a range of different management structures, geographies, and commodities. The LandScale partners leading these pilots are providing critical input into the development process to ensure that it meets the needs of all key stakeholders.

If you would like more information on the pilot sites below, or are interested in becoming an early tester of LandScale, please contact us at



Who is behind LandScale?


Global Partners


Advisory Group

Jonas Dallinger – GIZ

Raphaele Deau – WWF Landscape Finance Lab

Stephen Donofrio – Supply Change

Ernest Dwamena – Touton

Kim Frankovich – Mars

Dr. Axel Hebel – European Investment Bank

Jan Kees Vis – Unilever

Dr. Simon Lord – Sime Darby Plantation

Daniel Spethman – Working Lands

Christopher Stewart – Olam

Ruth Thomas – Global Agribusiness Alliance

Greg Watson – Inter-American Development Bank