24 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
Bern, Switzerland

RESTORE+ at the 4th Open Science Meeting (GLP 4th OSM 2019)

Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature



Land use is key for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an increasingly threatened global environment. This and related topics will be addressed by the fourth Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme (GLP 4th OSM 2019), held from the 24-26 of April 2019 in Bern, Switzerland.

The land system science community is organized within the Global Land Programme (GLP), a Global Research Project of the Future Earth initiative. GLP is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability and represents the largest international research network in this field.

This conference represents a unique opportunity to build and enhance scientific capacity and enable transformations to a sustainable future by identifying core questions, synthesizing research, and setting future agendas.  Conference attendees will strive to develop connections between researchers and stakeholders from civil society, government, and the private sector, and to bridge science and decision-making for sustainable management and governance of land use worldwide.

IIASA’s ESM researchers Florian Kraxner, Steffen Fritz and Aline Soterroni will be joining the event to present the work on RESTORE+, a five-year project aiming at addressing the Food-Land-Energy nexus related to restoration or utilization of degraded/marginal land in Indonesia and Brazil. The IIASA ESM delegation will present insights from the RESTORE+ approach at a session on participatory and evidence based land use policy making, chaired by Florian Kraxner (CLR Head and ESM Deputy Director). 

354N: Participatory and evidence-based land use policy making - Insights from the RESTORE+ approach

Time:  Wednesday, 24/Apr/2019:  4:15pm - 5:45pm
Session Organizers: Florian Kraxner, Fernando Ramos, Sonya Dewi, and Steffen Fritz

Session Chair: Florian Kraxner (IIASA ESM-CLR)  

Session Topics:  How do we support transformation?

Session Abstract

This session showcases results of the Restore+ project which aspires to inform land use and restoration policies in Indonesia and Brazil through integrating participatory processes and big earth observation data analysis into land use modelling. Members of the Restore+ team will share their insights and experiences in communicating science to policymakers through presentations and live demonstration of a mobile application. The panel will also include policymakers from the Central African Forests Commission and Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry to facilitate pan-tropical knowledge exchange on evidence-driven policymaking.

Dr Fernando Ramos (INPE) will discuss how Science-to-Policy processes answer current policy questions and trigger future initiatives. Brazilian researchers adapted the GLOBIOM model to accommodate detailed land use dynamics of Brazil. Results from the GLOBIOM-Brazil model successfully informed Brazil’s NDC submitted during the COP23 in Paris. This stimulates further requests from policymakers for more information to assess the impact of Brazil’s forest code implementation under climate change.

Dr Sonya Dewi (ICRAF) will discuss combined bottom-up stakeholder engagement with top-down modelling approaches to: (i) upscale and sustain the positive impacts of initiatives at site levels and (ii) ensure consistency in informing policy makers at sub-national and national levels. Linking evidence-based sub-national and national policymaking requires a suite of tools and data that address multiple spatial resolutions and handle localized context-specific scenarios for a diverse archipelagic country like Indonesia. This requirement is innovatively addressed through the application of crowdsourcing techniques to generate subsets of input data for land use modelling in Indonesia, which will be discussed interactively using a mobile application by Dr. Steffen Fritz (IIASA).

Finally, policymakers from different tropical regions will share the challenges of evidencebased policy making and how experiences discussed can be applied/strengthened.

For the full program please follow the link.

Text adapted from official GLP-OSM event website

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Florian Kraxner

Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

Ping Yowargana

Research Scholar Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

Enrico Confienza

Program and Project Officer/RESTORE+ Project Manager Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

IIASA at the 4th Open Science Meeting


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