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Landscape approaches for sustainable development, water and land resource management

Photo courtesy Brad Higham (CC BY 2.0)

Photo courtesy Brad Higham (CC BY 2.0)

A main driver of rural landscape change is the rapid agricultural expansion and intensification required to satisfy increased food/fiber/feed demands. In the quest to reach effective land management for best possible use of natural resources, landscape approaches are becoming widely used, often in the agriculture and forestry sector. It is used to analyze growing pressures on our natural resources, to identify needs of present and future generations and how these can best be met.

This seminar will provide a platform for discussion on how a holistic landscape approach can be taken when managing land AND water resources jointly to support and serve developing communities. So far, sustainable water management and securing safe water for people living in or downstream the landscape is not in focus in the landscape approach dialogue.

Key scholars from different parts of the world will share examples on how land use affect water and other resources important for individuals and societies. Are there perspectives within watershed and river basin management which would be relevant to include in the landscape approach, which would make it more effective in realizing the new Sustainable Development Goals?

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From 26 August 2015 at 12:00 to 26 August 2015 at 13:30


Folkets Hus/City Conference Centre Congress Hall B, Barnhusgatan 12-14


14.00 Welcome by moderator, Lotta Samuelson, SIWI Swedish Water House.

14.05 Introduction to the Landscape approach, Dr Terry Sunderland, CIFOR.

14.15 Experiences from working with the landscapes approach. Case studies from Africa and Asia.

  • Gertrude Ngabirano, Project Manager Kagera River Basin Management Project, Rwanda.
  • Chaloun Bounithiphonh, Forest Ecology and Environmental Research Unit, Forestry Science Research Centre, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Laos.

14.45 Reflections on possibilities and challenges with landscape approaches, from an agriculture, forest, water and private sector point of view.

  • Phillia Restiani, Programme Manager at SIWI Water, Energy and Food
  • Anders Malmer, Head of SLU Global, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Sylvester Mpandeli, Agricultural Research Council-Institute for Soil, Climate and Water
  • Bernard Giraud, President of Livelihoods Venture
  • Emelie Göransson, Programme Manager Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

15.10 Discussion with all participants in the seminar, moderated by Dr Anna Tengberg, SIWI Climate Change and Water Programme.

15.30 Last words from organisers.

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