Worldwide people and nature are suffering from degrading landscapes. To turn the tide, governments, companies, and NGOs have shown interest in investing in integrated restoration to support sustainable land system transformations. Integrated restoration efforts are targeted actions to enhance human well-being by improving the natural environment. However, decision-makers remain hesitant to commit resources due to the lack of robust evidence on the impact of these actions in complex and dynamic land systems. This lack of information hampers the smart allocation of resources and represents a lost opportunity for improved decision-making based on lessons learnt.
Therefore, governments, practitioners, and scientists are calling for consistent and effective systems to monitor these targeted land transformations. This call was reflected in the key messages of the 2018 Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) assessment report on Land Degradation and Restoration, and subscribed by 130 governments, highlighting the need for “Effective monitoring strategies, verification systems and adequate baseline data—on both socioeconomic and biophysical variables—provide critical information on how to accelerate efforts to avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation and conserve biodiversity”.
To be able to translate this urgent call into action, this session will explore the requirements, current scientific advances and user-experiences of monitoring systems to capture restoration effects for people and nature over time. For this World Café we have invited speakers who will provide food-for-thought on the topic, and we ask session participants to come inspired to share their views on:
- What to monitor? Selection of cost-effective relevant indicators, including ecosystem services, for integrated land monitoring;
- How, when and where to monitor? Opportunities for monitoring at relevant spatial and temporal levels, including innovative use of remote sensing, Big-Data, crowd-sourcing, and spatial statistics;
- How to support sustainable land transformation? Implementation of monitoring systems and use of monitoring results for improved land governance.
Session Organizers: Louise Willeman and Nichole Barger