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Co-designing global monitoring systems for large-scale land transactions: Learnings from the Land Matrix Initiative

Authors: Ariane De Bremond*, University of Maryland - College Park
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Sustainability Science
Keywords: large-scale land transactions, remote sensing, knowledge co-production,
Session Type: Paper
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A deeper understanding of how large-scale land transactions are occurring and how these are changing landscapes, land use and livelihoods is currently hindered by a lack of understanding of how transaction data documented through the Land Matrix Initiative translates to land change on the ground and associated implications for people’s livelihoods and ecological sustainability. Over the past several decades, enormous progress has been made in the way of access to Earth Observation (EO) data and the availability of data processing tools. From wildfires, to crop monitoring, to land change science, regular and synoptic measurement and monitoring of Earth from remote sensing is an integral component of our lives to inform our understanding of a rapidly changing, telecoupled world. Wall-to-wall mapping and characterization of land-cover conversions at different temporal, spatial, and radiometric resolutions is now possible, but data and methodologies vary with the scale, scope, and location of analysis. Importantly, to identify the LMI’s needs for remotely sensed information and to explore how land scientists can support the LMI globally and in specific regions or countries, requires knowledge co-production to generate evidence that can further the efforts of local civil society organizations and further enable these to influence local-to-national policy and advocate for improved land governance as well as promote better understanding of global patterns as further contributions to VGGTs/SDG high-level policy debate. This paper shares the experience of a group of research teams from the land science community working to co-design a global monitoring system for large scale land transactions.

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