The Full Circle Initiative "in a nutshell"
The Full Circle Initiative fosters integrated landscape development based on strategic visioning and planning.
Using participatory approaches, the Initiative aims to develop endogenous innovations via locally owned, innovative micro-projects, called iLabs, which meet key sustainability criteria. In addition, we aim to unlock value-chain benefits – from the source to regional/international target markets – and return more profits to producers and their environment (see graph). The improved product or service values resulting from iLabs are designed to enable local project leaders to achieve more economic security and independent without depleting natural resources.
All processes and outputs are closely monitored to maximize local potential and enable learning from the iLabs and related processes.
The term landscape describes an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors” (European Landscape Convention, 2000).
Landscapes encompass all natural features as well as the complete living space of humans themselves.