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Equity & Inclusion

Landscape Partnership is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission of protecting essential ecosystem services, creating sustainable working lands, and enhancing biodiversity. The Landscape Partnership strives to create a safe and respectful space where all our partners and members can share their unique perspectives and experiences, and where we can work together to address landscape-level issues and promote sustainable working lands with an eye towards equity and inclusion. We welcome partners to join us in our commitment to these values and to working collaboratively to make a positive impact on the landscapes and communities we serve. Advancing equity and inclusion requires ongoing effort and we are dedicated to continuously learning, listening, and growing as a community to ensure that all voices are heard and valued.

The Landscape Partnership Equity & Inclusion space is designed to:

  • Highlight best practices in equity and inclusion for conservation professionals, partners, agencies, and communities

  • Develop an ever-evolving toolkit of equity and inclusion resources to support work with, and for, underserved communities

  • Create a collaborative space where stakeholders can work together to improve equity and inclusion in conservation 

There are resources for everyone. There are resources here for conservation professionals and their organizations, for equity and inclusion practitioners, and for community members. No matter where you are in your learning journey around equity and inclusion, we hope you find something here of use. 



For reference, below are definitions that the Landscape Partnership currently uses to understand and conceptualize different terms associated with equity and inclusion. Different resources shared on this page may use different definitions. 


Equity is the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals and underserved communities who have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality. Equity is fairness in terms of accessing resources, bearing burdens, and participating in decision-making. (Definitions from the White House)


Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected, and supported. Inclusion can be reflected in an organization’s culture, practices, and relationships that are in place to support a diverse workforce and conduct work with stakeholders and communities. Inclusion is the process of recognizing, appreciating, and effectively utilizing everyone's diverse skills, experiences, and perspectives. Inclusion encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness. (Definition borrowed, in part, from and the White House)


Diversity is the many different communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, cultures, and beliefs that a given individual or community may have or experience. 

Underserved Communities

Underserved communities refer to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life. (Definition from the White House)

Environmental Justice

Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. (Definition from the EPA)

Additional terms such as "Historically Underserved Producers" and "Socially Disadvantaged Persons" are used by the USDA to determine eligibility for assistance programs. Learn more about these terms on the USDA website

If there are resources you think we should include or change in this space, please get in touch with the admin at