Co-Hosts: TMG Think Tank for Sustainability, German Development Institute (DIE)

Soils and land are pivotal to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and achieve food security for all (SDG 1 and SDG 2).  Yet, a multitude of actors and initiatives from different sectors rely on development scenarios that demand additional land. However, fertile soils are not only a finite and scarce resource, but also decreasingly available due to degradation.

In the workshop, we will first scrutinize the current and projected availability of land, the competing demands, and displaced land use. Three country cases will give insights relevant for both subsequently discussed solution approaches: Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). In the last part, we will jointly develop policy messages of the workshop and prepare the input for deliberation in the Thematic Review LAB.

09:00– 11:00 Parallel Session 1: Land Degradation Neutrality – Stock taking of an emerging process

Co-hosts: UNCCD, giz

Moderation: Mariam Akthar-Schuster (UNCCD) and Arthur Getz Escudero (EcoAgriculture Partners)

09:00 Welcome and Opening of a roundtable of discussions that reveals hindrances and enabling conditions for local implementation of a remarkable policy process:
 09:10  Foued Chehat (Government of Algeria): “Make LDN target setting a political reality – challenges and enablers”
09:20 Simeon Hengari (UNCCD): “Putting SDGs into practice: initial lessons learned from the LDN target setting process”
 09:30  Questions and Answers
 09:40 Brief Inputs and Interviews on local challenges and progress:

  • Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba (UNCCD Global Mechanism): “The opportunities of LDN target setting for Madagascar – including synergies, mainstreaming, inter-sectoral cooperation and challenges”
  • Stephanie Wunder (ecologic): “Challenges of land degradation in Germany and how to meaningfully develop LDN target setting for Germany”
  • Kebin Zhang (UNCCD/FAO/Beijing Forest University): “LDN and how it helps translating China’s policy vision into practice to support an integrated implementation of the Agenda 2030.”
 10:30  Bringing the inputs into conversation by discussing along the four threads and develop key messages from the discussion
 10:55 Gallery walks to agree on most important themes and messages


Parallel Session 2: Sustainable Consumption and Production of land-based products

Co-host: IDDRI

Moderation: Bodo Richter (German Council for Sustainable Development)

9:00 Welcome and introduction
 9:05 Are the SDGs useful to derive and instigate political measures and action?

Ulf D. Jaeckel (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety and Chair of the Advisory Board of the UN 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP) on the need to come to more action

 9:20 Now that we have the goals, how do we get to implementation?

Stefan Bringezu (Wuppertal Institute/Center for Environmental Systems Research) on strategies to reduce consumption of land-based products and a possible transition cycle for land use

 9:30 Questions and discussion
 10:00 What are the best ways to initiate action?

Marie-Hélène Schwoob (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) on the need to carry out comprehensive stakeholder processes in order to come to more action

 10:15  Discussion and revision of key messages


11:00-11:30 Coffee break Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Session on Synthesis of the Workshop

Moderation: Pia Bucella (TMG – Think Tank for Sustainability) and Arthur Getz Escudero (EcoAgriculture Partners)

Reinhard Hüttl (German Research Centre for Geosciences): The natural sciences´ contribution to achieving the land-related SDGs

Development of policy messages of the workshop and preparation of input for the deliberation in the Thematic Review LAB

Land and Soil Actors Pilot Methodology for Global SDG Thematic Reviews

This post was originally posted on IISD SDG Knowledge Hub

9 May 2017: Participants at this year’s Global Soil Week (GSW) will convene a series of “Thematic Review LABs,” using an integrative land and soil perspective, as a contribution to thematic reviews to be undertaken at this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July. Meanwhile, a High-Level Event on Land Degradation, Desertification and Drought held at UN headquarters in New York, US on 1 May 2017, underscored the role of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 on land degradation neutrality (LDN) in “connect[ing] the dots between many of the SDG’s goals and targets.” Related research and policy discussions convened by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and its partners further explored some practical challenges in SDG implementation, especially in drought-stricken Sub-Saharan African countries. Lire la suite