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Session Overview
353N: Towards transformative interventions in unsustainable land systems - a science-practice-policy perspective
Friday, 26/Apr/2019:
1:15pm - 2:45pm

Session Chair: Cecilie Friis
Location: UniS-A 022
UniS Building, room A 022, ground floor, 72 seats
Session Topics:
How do we support transformation?

Session Abstract

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.

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353N Towards transformative interventions in unsustainable land systems - a science-practice-policy perspective (INVITED ABSTRACTS ONLY)
Keywords: sustainable development, 2030 agenda

Research for sustainable development: Towards engaged and transformative science

Andreas Heinimann

University of Bern, Switzerland

The 2030 agenda offers a great opportunity by setting a widely agreed upon normative goals for the future. Any development pathways entails trade-offs, or positively stated co-benefits between sustainability dimensions or more concretely SGD targets. Which in turn potentially offers a huge potential for science to provide the knowledge needed to navigate or negotiate these tradeoffs. For science to be able to materialize this potential and the respective relevance of the knowledge produced it needs to embark to new frontiers, constantly engaging with a wide range of actors and orienting its research agendas and products towards concrete sustainability outcomes in specific contexts.

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353N Towards transformative interventions in unsustainable land systems - a science-practice-policy perspective (INVITED ABSTRACTS ONLY)
Keywords: system games, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, collective agreement, cooperation

Seeing systems and sensing new trajectories through system games and mindful facilitation

Malika Virah Sawmy

Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Germany

Unsustainable or sustainable land-use is the sum total of individual behaviours taken by stakeholders and interactions of these with bio-physical processes (resources). These interactions determine the system’s trajectory. Participatory system approaches with skilled facilitation can help build a picture of such interactions and hence support stakeholders with a collective representation of a system. Evidence is emerging that such a collective agreement on a system can vastly improve communication among stakeholders allowing them to explore the intent behind those behaviours, including the norms, expectations and aspirations shaping the behaviours. From this, new ways to cooperate can emerge to change the system’s trajectory.

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353N Towards transformative interventions in unsustainable land systems - a science-practice-policy perspective (INVITED ABSTRACTS ONLY)
Keywords: innovation, finances, investmets, sustainble business

Leveraging innovative financing and investments towards sustainability

Ernst A. Brugger

Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of BlueOrchard, Switzerland.

BlueOrchard is one of the world’s leading impact investors that work on consulting a wide variety of business around the globe on the subject of promoting small, sustainable business. In relation to this, this contribution will focus on how to create a “telecoupled” path for transformation by facilitating the creation and growth of innovative new businesses and business models, in particular by leveraging innovative financing and investment; what are strategies for identifying and nurturing micro-entrepreneurs in emerging economies; and how can financial inclusion, reliable property rights and access to knowhow lead to a more sustainable world.

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353N Towards transformative interventions in unsustainable land systems - a science-practice-policy perspective (INVITED ABSTRACTS ONLY)
Keywords: transformation, interventions, supply chains, commodity

Supporting transformative interventions through supply chain engagement:

Boris Saraber

Boris Saraber, Director of Operations for the Earthworm Foundation (previously, The Forest Trust), Switzerland

The Earthworm Foundation is a non-profit organisation driven by the desire to positively impact the relationship between people and nature, using commodity supply chains as a key entry point. One of the important aspects of this work is how to support transformative interventions in unsustainable land systems, including: How to convince key actors – from brand leaders to the more localised producers – that a commitment to “No Deforestation” and “No Exploitation” is essential both to their own values as individuals and to the sustainability of their businesses.