What is the LIFE Standard on Sustainable Territorial Management for?

Adopting a sustainable territorial management is a strategic decision for an organization and fundamental for contributing to the sustainability of the territory where it is located.

Considering this and understanding all issues related to large-scale sustainability approach, the  International Standard on Sustainable Territorial Management was developed. The Standard express principles of territorial sustainability, criteria and indicators related to responsibilities, postures and measures to be adopted by private and public actors in a given territory.

Therefore, the Standard seeks a multisectoral and global approach to territorial management, which jointly promotes sustainability.

The goal is that the International Standard on Sustainable Territorial Management will be used to:

  • Diagnosis, planning and/or evaluation in the search of solutions capable of containing the decrease of environmental services;
  • Identify and strengthen the roles of local players;
  • Recognize, disseminate and create synergy between good practices and implemented initiatives;
  • Guide decisions related to public and private investments; and,
  • Address, in an integrated way, environmental services and its relation to human well-being and society.

The application of the Standard will be strategic, differing from operational initiatives that focus on activities, processes or specific sectors of the economy. This is because LIFE Standard is a tool at the level of guidelines and best practice recommendations that induce the quality of processes and action, focusing on the attitudes of local players.