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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
Photo: CIFOR / Flickr

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.