A Landscape Approach


What is a landscape approach, what is our rationale.

Micaia’s approach to wellbeing and prosperity, the requirement of finding the most effective (productive, equitable) balance amongst often competing agendas/priorities, finds significant reflection in the Sustainable Landscape Approach.

A landscape approach aims to reconcile competing objectives for allocating and/or utilizing available land and resources to achieve the ‘triple bottom line’ outcome of positive social, economic and environmental impacts.

Ideally, the landscape approach leads to a shared vision for the future integrating the objectives of all stakeholders at landscape level, in order to establish long-term integrated sustainable development.

Micaia focuses on three contrasting landscapes In Manica Province:

  1. the fast-growing municipality of Chimoio;
  2. the fertile agricultural zone and biodiversity-rich District of Sussundenga (with particular focus on buffer zone of the Chimanimani National Park);
  3. The mostly dry Lower Zambezi Valley (particularly Guro and Tambara Districts).

Our theory of change is that if in these three landscapes we can help build resilient communities in which people secure their basic well-being and have the capabilities to prosper, we will have a body of evidence and learning with which to inform the Provincial and national development processes.


Working with young people to help them inform and shape the future of their city.

Sussundenga District – Chimanimani

One of the most fertile and productive district in Manica Province.

Lower Zambezi Valley (LZV)

A dry area where commercial agriculture is not an option.