2nd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting
Land Transformations: Between Global Challenges and Local Realities
19th – 21st March 2014 @ Berlin, Germany
The 2014 Global Land Project Open Science Meeting will synthesize and discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses.
The aim of the GLP 2nd Open Science Meeting ‘Land Transformations: between global challenges and local realities’ is to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation. The conference will synthesize and discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses.
About the Global Land Project (GLP)
The Global Land Project is a joint research project for land systems for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). The Global Land Project Science Plan represents the research framework for the coming decade for land systems. This development of a research strategy is designed to better integrate the understanding of the coupled human-environment system. These integrated science perspectives reflect the recognition of the fundamental nature of how human activities on land are affecting feedbacks to the earth system and the response of the human-environment system to global change. The Global Land Project Science Plan has been defined by scientists sponsored by the IGBP and the IHDP.
Main conference themes
1. Rethinking land change transitions: drastic changes in land cover and subtle changes in land management.
Potential session topics include: historic land use transitions, deforestation, agricultural intensification and alternative pathways, non-linearity and system shifts, rapid versus slow changes, land abandonment etc.
2. Local land users in a tele-connected world: the role of human decision making on land use as both a driver and response to global environmental change.
Potential session topics include: the role of globalization on land systems, changing rural-urban connections, certification of sustainable land management in commodity production, trade and foreign direct investment, foreign land acquisition etc.
3. Impacts and responses: land systems changes to mitigate global environmental change impacts and adapt to increasing demands for food, fuel and ecosystem services.
Potential session topics include: climate-land use interactions, land change and poverty, adaptation, land use impacts on human health, land change impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity, land system architecture, land use based mitigation options, land-water interactions, human development indicators etc.
4. Land governance: the ways in which alternative approaches to governance of land resources can enhance the sustainability transition.
Potential session topics include: role of land tenure and property rights, consumer behavior impacts on land change, role of institutions, sustainable land system transitions, markets for ecosystem services, land use policy, ethics etc.
2014 GLP OSM will take place at Adlershof, Berlin.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Rudower Chaussee 26
12489 Berlin (Adlershof)
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