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Land system science is strongly rooted in inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. Since its origins land system researchers have addressed the dynamics of socio-ecological systems from a sustainability perspective. In 2015 GLP joined the Future Earth programme that aims to provide knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a more sustainable world. In line with this goal GLP is committed to support integrated and more socially relevant science, in which scientists work in partnership with society and decision-makers.
With co-funding of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the International Programme Office (IPO) of GLP aims to support the land science community and its own Scientific Steering Committee in their efforts to advance sustainability transformations. Referring to the UN Agenda 2030 as a normative compass, and in line with our concept presented above, over the next four years (2016-2020) the IPO will:
Figure: GLP is in a unique position to pioneer and demonstrate how land system science can support research for sustainable development. Pursuing research for sustainable development of land systems as an overall goal, we strive for an increased connection between specialized knowledge with sustainability transformations, as well as enhanced linkages across scales from local realities to global debates.