It has been over a year since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the historic signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. Both of these events put forward a new agenda for development, and those who work in this field have been looking into the ways to navigate in this new context. So what is happening in Sweden in this respect and how can Swedish actors contribute to the realization of the ambitious development agenda on a global level?
A group of Swedish actors who work with international development and environmental issues gathered at the SEI office in Stockholm to share opinions and exchange experience about their work on the 2030 Agenda. The workshop particularly focused on creating an open dialogue between actors who work with forest, water, agriculture, natural resources, climate, and development. Exchange about how the landscape perspective could contribute to an implementation of the new agenda for sustainable development was central to the discussions at the event. The day offered keynotes, interactive discussions, and case studies illustrating the topic from different angles.
Why taking a landscape perspective?
Let us start with a quote from the workshop by Mia Crawford, Deputy Director at Swedish Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation: “This is a scale where people work and live – a level that engages people in a meaningful way. It is also an interesting scale where different interests come together. Thus, finding solutions at this level can really make a difference.”
Anders Malmer, Director at SLU Global, provided some background for the discussion by sharing an interpretation of the landscape perspective and explained that over the recent years the landscape approach has been gaining scientific weight and public attention. This is reflected in the growing popularity of the Global Landscape Forum which has become the largest side event at the COP.