Participants gathered for the meeting "Policies for Sustainable Land Systems” on Jan. 29 and 30 in Cambridge, England.

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Global Land Programme’s '10 Facts' Explored in Meeting Hosted by UK's Royal Society

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on the website of the University of Maryland's Department of Geographical Sciences, where the Global Land Programme is currently hosted.

The meeting, focusing on the paper “10 Facts on Land Systems for Sustainability,” sparked insightful policy dialogues and collaborations.

In a meeting on Jan. 29 and 30, the Global Land Programme (GLP), led by Executive Director Ariane de Bremond, examined the implications of the study "10 Facts on Land Systems for Sustainability" in Cambridge, England, funded by the Royal Society.

Published in February 2022, “10 Facts on Land Systems for Sustainability” was the result of a collaboration of 50 members of the Global Land Programme and accompanied the "Report for Policy and Practice" at The "10 Facts" aimed to highlight that —even as land is at the center of a sustainable future— how we use land is often ignored in the rush towards “silver bullet” solutions to addressing global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and food security. 

The reception of the "10 Facts" paper has been positive within the land systems science (LSS) and related communities, establishing itself as a resource for LSS education. Building on this momentum, the January meeting set the stage for analyzing the "10 Facts' implications on land system policy design and implementation." 

Convened by GLP scientists Casey Ryan, Rachael Garrett, Patrick Meyfroidt and de Bremond, the meeting, titled “Policies for Sustainable Land Systems,” delved into four pivotal policy themes: Indigenous governance, rewilding and restoration, agricultural policies in high-income countries, and global carbon markets and financing. 

Over 20 participants explored the questions: What do the "10 Facts" about land systems mean for land system policy design and implementation? How do they influence policy goals, policy processes and the governance scale? 

“We were able to assess the four themes using the six key takeaways/principles from the "10 Facts" paper and come up with potential tools and solutions to address the challenges and critiques of those four themes,” said Rieley Auger, GLP program coordinator.

As a result, the group will continue working on a paper discussing the various tools and mechanisms proposed at the meeting. 

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