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23 September 2020

Landscape Restoration – can it improve water security in Sweden and beyond?

Welcome to our webinar where we will highlight the opportunities of landscape restoration for water, climate and biodiversity!

Photo: Vi-Agroforestry

Safe access to clean water is a growing challenge, and Sweden is no exception. Landscape restoration can provide a solution for improving water security whilst simultaneously benefitting people and the environment. Global warming, extended periods of drought and increasingly erratic precipitation patterns are presenting unprecedented challenges and put pressure on the water-related ecosystem services, essential for landscape’s productivity.

These services are also crucial to achieving many of the SDGs, something that ‘The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’ is aiming to highlight. This new decade commences 2021, and we believe that Swedish actors also can contribute to this work!

Therefore, we welcome you to this webinar where we will discuss the importance of landscape restoration and the management of productive landscapes!

Such landscapes – with efficient and sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, forestry, industry and societies – are reliant on and affect water flows. So how can we better integrate water in policy, business and land management approaches? How does land restoration support water security? What are the national and international frameworks that regulate this? Which knowledge do Swedish actors have that can be shared with other parts of the world? What can we learn from other countries and apply to our own landscape, which is constantly changing?


  • 10:15 Welcome and introduction
  • 10:25 Inspirational talks

Lars Laestadius, Adjunct Lecturer at SLU Department of Forest Ecology and Management and Director at Eco-Innovation Foundation, SLU

Izabella Koziell, Program Director at CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, WLE

  • 10:55 Interactive session – audience presentation
  • 11:05 Break
  • 11:15 Water in the landscape

Aida Bargues Tobella, Postdoctoral Researcher at SLU Department of Forest Ecology & Management and a member of the Focali network

  • 11:30 Interactive session – members fo the audience present their restoration related work
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 Speed talks

Susan Chomba, Programme Manager for Regreening Africa, World Agroforestry, ICRAF

Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply & Forestry Manager at IKEA

Rafael Chaves, President of the Brazilian Society for Ecological Restoration, SOBRE

Anita Bergstedt, The County Administrative Board Västra Götaland, the project ”Nature-based solutions against flooding”

  • 13:20 Energizer
  • 13: 25 Interactive World Café session in 4 break-out groups
  • 13:50 Short break
  • 14:00 Feedback from World Café groups
  • 14:20 Concluding remarks
  • 14:30 The end of the event 



From 23 September 2020 at 10:15 to 23 September 2020 at 14:30