COUPLED. Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability challenges related to land use

Authors: Jonas Nielsen*,
Topics: Land Use, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Transdisciplinarity, Land-use, Telecoupling, Sustainability, Project
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Society depends on land for food, feed, fibre and energy, but the detrimental outcomes of unsustainable land practices are apparent. Ensuring sustainable land use is a key challenge of the 21st century yet hard to achieve in an increasingly interconnected world where policies, consumer demands and environmental change in one region may affect how land is used in far-away places. We face a significant knowledge gap regarding the processes related to land use that link distant places – or telecouplings – and how these processes could be governed towards sustainability. This knowledge gap means that companies, institutions and policy makers lack tools to ensure sustainable land use in a globalised world. The recently funded EU Horizon 2020 project COUPLED will address this knowledge gap by educating 15 PhD researchers in assessing and governing land use in a systemic way, accounting for the opportunities and threats arising from distal links between regions across the world. A central aspect of COUPLED is working closely with large companies, SMEs, NGOs, international organisations and administrative bodies, and the PhDs will learn how to move between science and practice. This presentation will introduce the project and the overall objective of COUPLED of how to operationalise the new concept of telecouplings to support sustainable governance of human-environment interactions under global change. The talk is of interest to everyone concerned about sustainability, to anyone potentially interested in collaborating with COUPLED, and to researchers thinking about developing projects fundamentally embedded in transdisciplinarity.

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