Ecoagriculture - Meet our Fellows: Enrico Celio

Enrico Celio is a senior scientist with the chair “Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems” at ETH Zürich, and was a visiting fellow at EcoAgriculture Partners in 2018 in Washington, DC. He is interested in understanding how landscapes can be developed and managed in an inclusive and process-oriented way.

Enrico designs and teaches theory and practice of landscape development, but also works at a more practical level with the Non-profit ‘incolab’, which was founded in 2018. Enrico holds a PhD from ETH Zürich (2014), a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Spatial Planning (2011) from ETH Zürich, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Geography from the University of Zürich (2008).

 

Q1. Could you tell us a bit more about yourself and your background?

By education, I am a geographer and spatial planner. So I am very interested in the interface between people, culture and nature. After working in academia for over a decade, I am now shifting my focus to work more in practice and implementation. At the end of 2018, I co-founded the not-for-profit organization ‘incolab’. incolab aims to bring tools developed in academia to practice and use them in participatory processes of integrated landscape development. I am currently working in Switzerland, Myanmar, and Madagascar, and I work to share knowledge related to Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) between stakeholders in each of these countries. Thus, I am in the midst of a fascinating intercultural learning experience.

Q2. Could you tell us a bit more about Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSP): what is meant by the term, how do you design and evaluate such processes?

Using the term “multi-stakeholder platform” reflects the very general idea of bringing stakeholders together in a forum. The organization of an MSP has to be adapted to the context; be it informal or formal. MSPs are comprised of relevant stakeholders which is the foundation of constructive and integrated landscape development. MSPs serve as spaces where conflicts can be pro-actively discussed within the landscape. Key for the long-term success of a landscape development initiative is that the various stakeholders within the MSP partnership feel like they are owners of the process.

 

These kinds of initiatives work to shape landscapes in the short and long-term. They need tools to create a constructive environment for learning. To evaluate these processes we use process monitoring in which we ask members to fill out surveys and discuss the results.

 

Q3. How did you get involved with EcoAgriculture Partners?

I was a ‘visiting fellow’ with EcoAgriculture Partners in Washington DC in 2018. I got to know the team and their way of working very closely. Since then, I have kept the connection with EcoAgriculture Partners by being a Fellow. I find this valuable because being part of EcoAgriculture Partners creates opportunities for exchanges on methods and tools, process development, but also on a personal level (relationships with like-minded people). This is essential when finding appropriate solutions to promote sustainable transformations.

 

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