Policymakers

We are currently surveying policymakers to understand:

  • The involvement of your institution/organisation with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals' interactions related to land;
  • The land-related priorities / needs of your institution/organisation;
  • The perspective of your institution/organisation on Science-Policy Interface on land.

This survey will only take about 10 to 15 min. We thank you in advance for your contribution. The survey is open through May 15, 2017.

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Overview

Land use change can be seen as consequence and cause of global change and as a solution towards sustainability transformations. For the past 11 years our interdisciplinary community of over 2000 researchers worldwide have been producing knowledge to better understand and guide such transformations under the umbrella of the Global Land Programme (GLP), now a Global Research Project of the Future Earth, a research initiative of the International Science Union (ICSU).

We envision land system science as evolving from research about development of human-environmental systems to research for sustainable development of human-environmental systems.

In order to realize our vision we believe that scientific excellence can and must be linked to societal impact. Accompanying the first years of the recently endorsed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, the GLP is working to exemplify how to produce knowledge for sustainability transformations by demonstrating new forms of interaction and collaboration between researchers, policy makers and development practitioners including the development of a science-policy interface on land where policy-makers, civil society, and land system scientists and other researchers can work together to identify pathways for sustainability transformations.

We invite you to join us! For more information contact glp@cde.unibe.ch

News

July 12, 2017

SSC Member Ole Mertz found context is very important for understanding different design and outcomes of land sparing and land sharing policies and that more evidence is needed on the processes for integration of rapidly evolving scientific debates in land policy-making in developing countries.

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June 29, 2017

On June 14 Future Earth announced Amy Luers as its new executive director. Dr. Luers has over 20 years experience working on sustainability at the intersection of science, technology, and policy. She will start her new role at Future Earth in September 2017. GLP is a Global Research Project of Future Earth.

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June 22, 2017

GLP SSC Member Allison Thomson recently served on a DuPont panel to help fill a climate exposure and natural resources gap in the company's Global Food Security Index (GFSI).

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June 22, 2017

In developing countries, rural smallholders and communities derive about one-quarter of their income from the forest around them. But a recent study by GLP Member Kathleen Hermans-Neumann indicates that these resources are becoming scarcer, with their availability dwindling over time.

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June 22, 2017

Current research recognizes the inherent complexity of ecosystems and the inability to foresee all consequences of interventions across different spatial, temporal, and administrative scales. Ecosystem management is thus seen as a “wicked problem” that has no clear-cut solution, write GLP Member Ruth DeFries and GLP SSC Member Harini Nagendra in Science.

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June 2, 2017

AidData has announced the public beta launch of geo(query), a geospatial data extraction tool that makes is easier for policy analysts, program evaluators, and scientists to contuct analysis of development policies and programs using geospatial data.

Event

April 4, 2017

The aim of the conference is to present recent advances in landscape research to enhance the development of sustainable agricultural land use and landscape strategies. The particular objective is to bring together key findings from relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches as well as from basic and application-oriented research.

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March 26, 2017

If increasingly globalized societies are to make better land management decisions, the geosciences must globally evaluate how humans are reshaping Earth's surface, writes GLP Member Erle Ellis and colleagues.

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March 23, 2017

GLP Members Verena Seufert and Navin Ramankutty published a commentary on CNN.com showcasing their conclusions about organic versus convention agriculture on three key fronts: environmental impact, producer and consumer benefits. They discovered that organic farming does matter -- just not in the way most people think.

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March 23, 2017

Stitching together production, trade and customs data, GLP Member Javier Godar and his colleagues at the Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy Program have produced detailed maps of the flow of beef and soy from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. With an aim to help companies, financial institutions and governments understand the social and environmental impacts of the global trade in agricultural commodities, Trase is connecting each link in the supply chain, from source to port.

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March 23, 2017

Despite advanced monitoring systems and global initiatives and policies aimed at preserving the world’s rainforests, controversy remains over whether deforestation rates are, in fact, declining, writes GLP Member Navin Ramankutty.

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March 17, 2017

GLP IPO staff, along with Future Earth and other colleagues, are leading a lively set of presentations at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.

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March 7, 2017

Written by an interdisciplinary team of leading researchers, this report describes a science research agenda toward improved probabilistic modeling and prediction of multiple breadbasket failures and the potential consequences for global food systems. 

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March 2, 2017

Ecosystem services are a way of thinking about – and evaluating – the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. This MOOC from the University of Geneva will cover scientific (technical), economic, and socio-political dimensions of the concept through a mix of theory, case-studies, interviews with specialists and a serious-game.

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March 1, 2017

GLP Scientific Steering Committee member Prof. Harini Nagendra of Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India, has been chosen as a Lead Author of the IPCC's report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty (SR1.5).

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February 28, 2017

In this paper, GLP Member Qiangyi Yu and colleagues introduce a smartphone-based app, called eFarm: a crowdsourcing and human sensing tool to collect the geotagged ALS information at the land parcel level, based on the high resolution remotely-sensed images.

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February 23, 2017

New research from GLP Members Peter Alexander and Calum Brown at the University of Edinburgh reveals almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste.

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January 19, 2017

A best-practice ‘toolkit’ of approaches that can be used to decide on policies and actions by Governments, the private sector and civil society produced by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is now available.

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December 7, 2016

In Nature, Erle Ellis and colleagues call social science and land use essential to defining the Anthropocene: Involving social sciences in defining the Anthropocene

Teaming with colleagues in geography, archaeology and anthropology, GLP Scientific Steering Committee member Erle Ellis writes: "The causes of Earth’s transition are human and social... so scholars from those disciplines must be included in its formalization." The global history of land use changes by agriculture and urbanization and their environmental and social consequences is key to understanding how and why Earth has entered a new epoch of geological time.

In the Anthropocene, human societies have emerged as an Earth-changing force, with all of its complexities, demanding answers to some hard questions.What are human societies doing with Earth? What can be done better? By engaging the most robust science across disciplines to codesign land systems and land governance strategies, the GLP is working on answering these questions.

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December 1, 2016

Trase (Transparency for Sustainable Economies) platform by GLP Members Javier Godar and Patrick Meyfroidt is now available online. Map the movement of agricultural commodities from the places of production all the way to the country of consumption, identifying the key supply chain actors along the way.

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November 23, 2016

New titles out in the Springer's human-land interactions   series: "Land Use Competition: Ecological, Economic and Social Perspectives" and "Social Ecology: Society-Nature Relations across Time and Space"

 

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November 17, 2016

The Global Land Programme (GLP) holds its 3rd Open Science Meeting in Beijing, China

Event

October 28, 2016

The Global Land Programme (GLP), one of Future Earth’s core projects, convened its bi-annual open science meeting in Beijing, China October 24-27, 2016. The meeting was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). In response to the recently endorsed Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the conference theme was ‘Land system science: understanding realities and developing solutions’.

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October 27, 2016

Education and capacity building in the field of water management hold the key to many of the present most pressing water challenges on the regional to local scale.

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October 27, 2016

The upcoming Symposium on Eco-Innovation for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus is addressing innovative strategies and solution to reduce adverse effects of climate change on the W-E-F-Nexus in the MENA Region.

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October 27, 2016

Understanding atmospheric processes, both physical and chemical and their interrelationships with Earth-surface processes, including changes in surface characteristics and terrestrial ecosystems remain still incompletely understood scientific challenges. An recent international workshop shed some light on these and related issues.

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October 24, 2016

Supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, China has recently launched 37 National Key Research and Development Programs on "Ecological restoration and protection in the typical ecological fragile zones" led by GLP Scientific Steering Committee member Prof. Dr. Lin Zhen.

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October 23, 2016

Future Earth (FE) has been designed to provide the knowledge needed to support transformations towards sustainability. In addressing major sustainability challenges in the MENA Region, FE provides a tangible and adequate framework to achieve significant and lasting progress. In this context, the creation of a FE MENA Regional Center at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus (FEMRC; http://fe-mena.cyi.ac.cy/index.php), is considered particularly relevant.

Jobs

October 21, 2016

We would like to draw your attention to three fully-funded 4-yr PhD positions that are open for applications as part of an international research project focusing on “Continuous satellite-based indicators for mapping subtropical forest degradation and its environmental impacts (ReForcha)”, funded by the Belgian Science Policy.

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October 18, 2016

Future Earth, as an observer organization to the IPCC, is invited to nominate experts to participate in the Scoping Meeting of a Special IPPC Report.

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October 14, 2016

Early career researchers and professional newcomers now have the opportunity to join Future Earth's Knowledge-Action Networks by applying to become a member of their development teams. The deadline is 2 November 2016.

Event

October 14, 2016

The Land Systems Science Symposium at American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Boston will focus on advances in research on land systems and land systems change, focusing particularly on geographic perspectives.

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October 14, 2016

The European Space Agency together with GEO, FAO and EU are organising the WorldCover 2017 Conference. The event will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN from 14 to 16 March 2017.

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October 14, 2016

The meeting will focus on the approaches, methods, tools, and indicators to assess how, where, and why governing forest and forest mosaics for improving livelihoods works, and how it can be strengthened.

News

October 13, 2016

As a significant contribution to the growing literature on interdisciplinary sustainability studies, the book by GLP Member Helmut Haberl and colleagues introduces the purpose and nature of Social Ecology and then places the Vienna School of Social Ecology within the broader context of socioecological and other interdisciplinary environmental approaches.

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October 13, 2016

Nature in the City describes ecological changes in the urbanizing landscape of Bengaluru, one of the world's fastest growing cities, using a deep historical dive from the 6th century CE to current times. SSC member Harini Nagendra’s new book is a compelling account of the ecological history of one of the world's fastest growing cities adds to our limited knowledge of urban change in the global South.

News

October 13, 2016

GLP Scientific Steering Committee member Erle Ellis presented a plenary presentation on GLP and GLOBE, entitled "Globalizing Ecology in the Anthropocene: Networks, Cyberinfrastructure, and Analytics" at the First International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER) Open Science Meeting 9-13 October in 2016 in Skukuza, South Africa.

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October 5, 2016

The GLP community extends a warm welcome to the new North America Nodal Office to be housed at the Center for Global Change & Earth Observations (CGCEO) at X Michigan State University, USA.

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October 3, 2016

There may be many ways to feed a growing world population without losing more forests. That is the conclusion of a new study led by Karlheinz Erb, a professor at the Institute of Social Ecology at the University of Klagenfurt in Vienna.

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October 2, 2016

The Third Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project will take place from 24-27th October, 2016 at China National Convention Center, Beijing.

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October 20, 2010

The first GLP Open Science Meeting 'Land Systems, global change and sustainability' took place at Arizona State University and aimed to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research, and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation.

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