2014 Global Land Project Open Science Meeting
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.
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.
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.
3) Impacts and responses: land systems changes to mitigate global environmental change impacts and adapt to increasing demands for food, fuel and ecosystem services.
4) Land governance: the ways in which alternative approaches to governance of land resources can enhance the sustainability transition.