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Land and food sectors are critical to keep global warming to well below 2ºC
Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) is released in August 2019.
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Role of global dietary transitions for safeguarding biodiversity
A team of researchers that includes our group leader Mark Rounsevell has published a study titled “The role of global dietary transitions for safeguarding biodiversity” in Global Environmental Change.
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More forest and less meat to achieve the Paris agreement
"Implementing land-based mitigation to achieve the Paris Agreement in Europe requires food system transformation" is published in Environmental Research Letters.
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Transforming agricultural land use through marginal gains in the food system
Paper on transforming the food system through marginal gains has been published in Global Environmental Change.
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Improving uptake of biodiversity-friendly farm subsidies
Understanding Farmer Uptake: What measures are most promising to deliver on supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services in the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)? The report about farmer uptake of biodiversity-friendly measures in the Common Agricultural Policy has been published.
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Paper on 'Ecosystem services community of practice' is published
A team of researchers that includes our group member Calum Brown has published a study titled “Knowledge sharing, problem solving and professional development in a Scottish Ecosystem Services Community of Practice” in Regional Environmental Change.
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OPERAs selected as a finalist of the Green Gown Awards 2019
The OPERAs project has been short-listed for the finals of the UK Green Gown Awards.
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Humboldt Foundation's annual meeting: invited speaker Penelope Whitehorn
26th June 2019: Group member Penelope Whitehorn follows Angela Merkel presenting her work about "bumblebees in a changing world" at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Annual Meeting in Berlin. A crowded auditorium, an important and timely research and Penelope's jokes about learning German. Watch the full event here!
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IPBES: New webinar and executive summary videos
May 2019: IPBES offers a new webinar "The IPBES Regional Assessment Report of Europe and Central Asia" and executive summary videos. Mark Rounsevell contributed as co-chair in this important assessment. Watch the webinar and videos here!
Summer School 2019
20-27 August 2019, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School. Master and doctoral students are invited to learn about and discuss a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio-ecological systems and land use change.
The Land Use Change Research Group is about PEOPLE IN THE LAND SYSTEM. We aspire to understand land use and management in the broader global context and how people impact on landscapes and natural resources. Specifically, we seek to:
Advance understanding of the interactions, synergies and trade-offs between people and their environment across scales (local to global); and,
Find solutions for sustainable futures in land systems.
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Human land use and agriculture in particular are the principle drivers of many of our biggest environmental challenges. At the same time, current food systems fail to provide food security to all consumers or decent livelihoods to all farmers worldwide. This research will help identify ways to use our land better and to move our food system towards enhanced sustainability by examining key knowledge gaps through interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and cross-scalar research.Learn more →
Anthropogenic global change is causing rapid declines in biodiversity, which threaten the capacity of ecosystems to provide the services fundamental for human existence.Learn more →
Human activity is causing substantial changes in climate that are expected to increase in magnitude over the coming century. These changes are known to threaten many of the essential processes on which humanity depends, including food production. However, the ways in which societal responses might exacerbate or ameliorate these threats are relatively poorly understood because the methods used to understand climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation do not take proper account of human responses.Learn more →
Forests play a number of essential roles at global scale, from maintaining biological diversity to mitigating climate change. However, forests around the world are being rapidly cleared to make space for food production, threatening their continued provision of ecosystem services.Learn more →