Land degradation – the reduction or loss of the productive potential of land – is a global challenge. Over 20% of the Earth’s vegetated surface is degraded, affecting over 1.3 billion people, with an economic impact of up to US$10.6 trillion. Land degradation reduces agricultural productivity, increases the vulnerability of those areas already at risk of impacts from climate variability and change, and complicates efforts to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) is essential to improve the livelihoods of those most affected, and to build resilience to safeguard against the most extreme effects of climate change. The key question decision-makers face now is: how do we support transformation? New methods and tools are continually being developed to support the implementation of on the ground actions in order to monitor their performance and to support the scaling of successful interventions. In this session, we will use an interactive Decision Theater to trigger a conversation on how different decision support systems can contribute to the achievement of land degradation neutrality. The Decision Theater, developed by Arizona State University in collaboration with Conservation International, uses a series of screens in a dynamic, immersive environment to allow attendees to explore the tradeoffs among land condition, nature conservation, and human well-being. The session will last 1.5 hours, combining a demonstration of the Decision Theater with a panel discussion involving experts from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Overview on Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation from Australia (CSIRO), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who will present their perspectives on how the earth observations and monitoring community can better support the implementation of restoration projects to support land degradation neutrality. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be able to experiment with the Decision Theater.
Structure: 10 min - Demo of the decision theater
25 min - 5 minute presentation by each panelist
25 min - Q&A and discussion
60 min - Decision Theater open to the audience
Abstract submissions are not being accepted for this innovative and immersive session.
Session Organizers: Mariano Gonzalez -Roglich and Alexander Zvoleff