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02-10: Contribution of Knowledge-Action Networks
Establishing a Science-policy Interface for Sustainable Land Systems – an Initiative of Future Earth’s Global Land Programme (GLP)
1University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE); 2Global Land Programme
Land use plays an essential role in mediating the tension between planetary boundaries and growing development aspirations worldwide. Land use change is both consequence and cause of global change, and a solution towards sustainability transformations. The Global Land Programme (GLP) produces knowledge to better understand and guide such transformations under the Future Earth Initiative global research programme of the International Science Union. Because land systems lie at the intersection of diverse interests and claims concerning societies’ needs for sustainable development, implementation of the SDGs may translate into competing claims on scarce land resources. Research also points to emerging opportunities for land-based innovations, and the possibility that co-design of sustainable land systems may play a strong role in alleviating these competing claims and aid achievement of the SDGs. GLP undertakes to strengthen its transformative potentials by intensifying its competencies in co-production of knowledge and establishing science-policy interfaces with non-academic partners at national and international levels. We present insights from recent research and ‘mapping’ exercises exploring what goals and targets of Agenda 2030 are most dependent on sustainable land systems; discuss our analysis of key interactions, trade-offs, and synergies; identify knowledge gaps and explore opportunities for co-design and support to societal actors.
Future Earth and the Science-Policy Nexus: Co-designing a solutions-oriented science for global sustainable development
Future Earth is an international research program whose main goal is to foster the generation of knowledge needed to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. In the realm of sustainability science, Future Earth serves as a key emerging platform for international engagement to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with societal decision makers who rely on science to further sustainability goals. Future Earth has worked at structuring its links to policy and action through Knowledge-Action Networks that align with key sustainability challenges related to decarbonization; the difficulties of delivering water, energy and food to growing populations; the management of the complex connections between human and environmental health; the future of cities and rural landscapes; the wise use and stewardship of natural assets; the reduction in the environmental costs of consumption and production; and the establishment of robust governance that effectively manages risk and security. Engaging the science-policy interface is a core function of these Knowledge-Action Networks. We will present the way that one of these Knowledge-Action Networks, on the food-water-energy nexus, is designing its science-policy interface through agenda setting and capacity building. The presentation will focus on upcoming work in Africa.
Rethinking the science-policy nexus in the land sector – Promoting People Centered Land Governance and Monitoring
1CIRAD, France; 2Iternational Land Coalition, Italy
The presentation will contribute to rethinking the science-policy nexus in the land sector, by presenting ILC's People Centered Land Governance and Monitoring strategy. It will detail a diverse set of possible activities in this framework as well as critically assess them by reflecting on the potentials (data ownership, inclusive decision-making) and challenges (data quality, power biases)of People Centered Land Governance and Monitoring tools and instruments.