Unlocking the potential of global change research programs to contribute to sustainability transformations: Lessons the land system science community’s Global Land Programme

Authors: Ariane C de Bremond*, Global Land Programme, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern | University of Maryland, College Park, Peter Messerli, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Albrecht Ehrensperger, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern
Topics: Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Sustainability Science
Keywords: SDGs, knowledge co-production, land systems science, sustainability science
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Coolidge, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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We present results of a more than two-year effort by the Global Land Programme (GLP) (glp.earth), a Global Research Project (GRP) of the Future Earth (futureearth.org) research platform to: 1) Set and drive an agenda for the land systems science community that links scientific advancement to societal relevance (such as achievement of the SDGs) through the construction of a science-policy interface on land; 2) Develop new synthesis methods and products to connect contextual understandings to regional or global trends, drivers, and consequences; 3) Grow and maintain a vibrant network of scientists enabling them to work together with new assemblages of actors including civil society, government, and private sector towards sustainable development of land systems through new modes of science-society interaction; and 4) Foster new relationships with societal actors at a variety of scales (national, international) to better link science being conducted by the community with decision-spaces as well as to guide identification of current knowledge gaps and future research needs. How do different communities (scientists on one hand and societal actors on the other) prioritize land relate interactions among the SDGs? Where could science-policy interfaces could be established as an aid in navigating competing development claims in concrete policy, planning, and development processes? What kinds of society-science partnerships at what scales have proven to be effective vehicles for land systems transformations? We address these questions and discuss the potential for international scientific networks to contribute to the SDGs and to sustainability transformations more broadly.

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