The pressure on land resources globally is increasing rapidly – to a large extent exacerbated by a number of spatially distributed processes, including population growth, urbanisation, changing consumption patterns, climate change impacts, biodiversity and carbon conservation efforts, as well as economic and cultural globalisation. These social, economic and environmental processes lead to new types of interconnectivity between places around the world, either intentionally when different powerful actors seek new locations to meet their various land demands or as unintended spill-over processes in the form of displacements, leakages or cascade effects of land use decisions made elsewhere. Global interconnectivity – or telecouplings – represent a central challenge for the governance of land systems, and there is an urgent need for tools to better identify leverage points for transformative interventions into unsustainable land-use practices and for the design of novel governance mechanisms.
This session aims to bring together leading and upcoming land-use scientists, policy-makers, nongovernmental organizations and private sector representatives to discuss pathways for transformation of land systems influenced by telecoupling. The format of the session is a roundtable discussion where four representatives from different science, practice and policy perspectives will give a short 5 min input of 3 key points related to the opportunities and challenges for creating transformative science-policy-practice actions into unsustainable land systems influenced by telecoupling. This is followed by a roundtable discussion facilitated by a think-pair-share format to kick-start a general discussion and brainstorm on solutions.
The session is co-organised by the newly established GLP Working Group for Telecoupling Research towards Sustainable Transformation of Land Systems and the Innovative Training Network COUPLED. Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability challenges for land use.
Session Organizers: Cecilie Friis, Julie Zähringer, Jonas Østergaard Nielsen, Cornelia Hett, and Kaitlin Mara.