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In this blog post, the authors introduce two new models, the TeleABM and the FLUTE, that are designed to study telecoupled land-use change but using different modelling approaches. Both models use soybean, one of the most traded commodities in the world, as an exemplary case to illustrate the ways in which they tackle the challenges of cross-scalar dynamics. The post reports on a joint webinar hosted by the GLP Working Group on Telecoupling Research held in September 2020 and featuring presentations by the three first authors.

Related Working Group(s): Telecoupling Research Towards Sustainable Transformation of Land Systems

Understanding the cultural values and social rules of stakeholders is critical to engage them successfully in a co-production process. Failing to do so, can not only threaten the project but also harm vulnerable stakeholders. This is the story of how putting the do-no-harm principle and the interest of vulnerable stakeholders above scientific interest has allowed us to have impact on the ground in Burkina Faso.

Related Working Group(s): Co-production of Sustainable Land Systems

In this blog post, GLP Fellow Dennis Ojima argues the GLP needs to reengage with the ecological community to address the critical issues land systems face today. Due to the lack of ecological perspectives in the current construct of the GLP Science Plan, GLP research will only partially address changes in the land system and the pathway toward managing for these changes.

To date, most reports on the mobility effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have emphasized international migration flows. In this blog post, the authors focus instead on urban–rural migration flows triggered by COVID-19, and how they could affect the way land systems are used, understood, and governed in the future.

This post summarizes the insights from the GLP Telecoupling Working Group's second webinar, which featured featuring working group member Sébastien Boillat and COUPLED PhD students Joel Persson and Siyu Qin. The post also discusses the importance of looking at conservation through a telecoupling lens.

Related Working Group(s): Telecoupling Research Towards Sustainable Transformation of Land Systems

This post continues our series on OSM 2019 interactive and immersive sessions and provides an overview of session 360N at the conference, where organizers took the opportunity to convene an open, in-person community discussion on the state of the art, open challenges, and ways forward for SES models in LSS. 

This blog post by GLP Member Christine Ornetsmüller summarizes three practical top tips that emerged as a collective result from the immersive workshop session 355N Co-production of knowledge in landscape restoration at the Open Science Meeting of GLP in 2019.

Related Working Group(s): Co-production of Sustainable Land Systems

The third in our series on OSM 2019 interactive and immersive sessions, this post provides an overview of session 250N at the conference, where presenters considered whether the dominance of the perfectly rational "homo economicus" in land systems science has become a hindrance to advancing theory.

A recent study, carried out by GLP Members Lukas Flinzberger and Tobias Plieninger with colleague Yves Zinngrebe from the Universities of Göttingen and Kassel, gives insights to experts’ opinions on the potential of product labelling from agroforestry and has just been published in the journal Sustainability Science. The researchers invited more than 20 agroforestry and labelling experts to a three-round Delphi study to evaluate chances and barriers for labelling of Mediterranean agroforestry products, considering the UN-Sustainable Development Goals. Out of 15 evaluated sustainability indicators, the authors recommend four in particular, which are distinguished by good comprehensibility and applicability.

Related Nodal Office(s): Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Region Nodal Office (MENA)  
Co-production Working Group members at the OSM 2019

We are excited to announce our planned activities for 2020, which grew out of the first live meeting of the group at the 2019 GLP Open Science Meeting in Bern. Learn more about our new co-production blog series about practical experiences (including successes and failures) in the field, a special issue about co-production in LSS, a creative set of live online events and group exchange formats, and a new quarterly e-newsletter featuring interesting events, training, online courses, etc.

Related Working Group(s): Co-production of Sustainable Land Systems

At the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary in Paris in May 2019, delegates of the member states approved the Global Assessment report and its summary for policymakers. Here GLP Members Ralf Seppelt and Josef Settele provide a very brief overview of the results, explain the unique facets of IPBES, and elaborate how the GLP community could contribute to that process in the future.

The second in our series on OSM 2019 interactive and immersive sessions, this post provides an overview of session 150N at the conference, where an enthusiastic group of researchers met to discuss some of the remaining and eventually persistent challenges in scenario development related to “scales” and “stakeholder buy-in”.

The new Global Dryland Ecosystem Program (Global-DEP) aims to develop an actionable research agenda to support sustainable dryland social-ecological systems that advance ecosystem management and sustainable livelihoods in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GLP Fellow Dennis Ojima is a member of the Interim Scientific Committee for Global-DEP, and he chaired an interactive session at the OSM 2019 to capture research and engagement directions from the GLP community, to foster collaborative activities with groups from other regions of the world, and to coordinate on-going research efforts within the GLP network to address dryland system concerns.

We hope you enjoyed the 2019 GLP Open Science Meeting in April in Bern as much as we did. Now that the dust has settled, and we all have had some time to digest all of the debates and discussions, we decided to revisit the conference through a series of blog posts.

When decision makers want to scale-out sustainable land management practices, they need to decide where these practices may be most promising. This is a fundamental decision given the great diversity of land systems. To that end, leading land systems and land governance scientists, including researchers from GLP and beyond, discussed recent advances and frontiers of archetype analysis in the 3rd workshop on “Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Related Working Group(s): Archetype Analysis in Sustainability and Land Governance Research
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GLP Member Žiga Malek provides a behind-the-scenes view of the research he published with GLP Members Jasper van Vliet, Emma van der Zanden and Peter Verburg in Environmental Research Letters.

Global archaeological data show that human transformation of environments began at different times in different regions and accelerated with the emergence of agriculture. Nevertheless, by 3,000 years ago, most of the planet was already transformed by hunter-gatherers, farmers and pastoralists.

Photo: NASA Earth Observatory

The loss of public records and personal documents following the disaster, is already having a tremendous impact on recovery efforts.

While most of the time synchrony can be an awesome spectacle, when it comes to agriculture it is bad news, write GLP Member Zia Mehrabi and SSC Member Navin Ramankutty in The Conversation.

Former Reuters Correspondent and Editor Jeremy Gaunt blogged live from the 4th Open Science Meeting in Bern, Switzerland, in April 2019.

Innovations in farm system management and smart use of natural capital underlie the bulk of recent agricultural productivity growth. Coordinated research on total factor productivity (TFP) can show us how to ‘do more with less’ in agriculture, enhancing the sustainability and resilience of farming systems.

How to navigate between singularity of case studies and production of actionable knowledge on complex human-environment systems? The GLP Working Group on Co-production of Sustainable Land Systems is addressing this question through an analysis of co-production practices in the field of land system science and a series of webinars. Learn more about the second webinar, which illustrated practical examples about adaptive landscape approaches, and access additional resources from the presenters.

Related Working Group(s): Co-production of Sustainable Land Systems

In a new paper in Global Environmental Change, researchers from GLP and beyond argue that after decades of accumulating scientific work, our community is now in a position to consolidate theoretical insights on the dynamics of land systems in a way that both (i) builds on the very strong interdisciplinary character of land system science, and (ii) navigates the balance between generalization and contingency.

Considering people in systematic conservation planning: insights from land system science

When conservationists decide to create a protected area to conserve biodiversity, they need to decide where to put it. This decision is more complicated than it may seem. In a new paper in Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment, researchers Takuya Iwamura (Tel Aviv University), Yann le Polain de Waroux (McGill University) and Michael Mascia (Conservation International) argue that land system science can help systematic conservation planning overcome these issues.