Multidisciplinary landscape assessment, or MLA, is a set of methods developed
by CIFOR scientists to determine ‘what is important to local communities, in
terms of landscape, environmental services, and resources’. The approach is
rooted in social (anthropology, ethnobotany and socio-economics) as well as
natural sciences (botany, ecology, geography and pedology); was tested and used
in different countries (Bolivia, Cameroon, Gabon, Indonesia, Mozambique and
Philippines). The methods are fully detailed in four languages: English, French,
Indonesia and Spanish (Sheil et al.