Project results

Workpackage 1 dealt with the analysis of current global land use. In this context three papers have been prepared and published (Lutzenberger et al. 2014, Fritsche and Eppler 2013 and Knickel 2012) that assessed past and current land use patterns by sector for all countries in order to identify the driving forces and trends behind major historical changes in global land use. In workpackage 2 the project team undertook a broad governance screening of global land use. The results from this governance screening were presented and discussed at various expert workshops and meetings with international institutions (e.g. UNCCD, UNEP, European Commission and the World Bank).

Workpackage 1 and 2 provided the basis for the conceptualisation of a governance approach to foster global sustainable land use (Workpackage 3). This workpackage encompassed a wide range of activities and outputs, most importantly:

  • Identification and detailed analysis of political "windows of opportunities" to integrate sustainable land use in international policy processes (e.g. in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Voluntary Guidelines of Land Tenure (VGGT), the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) or the Review of the World Bank Safeguards).
  • An attempt to define a "global sustainable land use".
  • Development of a new approach for "systemic indicators", aiming for a practice-oriented monitoring of land use taking the regional context into account.

Four international workshops were held in the course of the project to discuss preliminary findings with experts and policy makers and to enrich the analyses conducted in the project by knowledge and insights from various experts.

  • Preliminary findings of the governance screening of global land use were presented to a broad range of experts at the first International Expert Workshop at the 27th May 2013 in Berlin.
  • The 2nd International Expert Workshop took place within the 2013 Global Soil Week (27-31 October 2013, Berlin). As a part of the slot “Deepening the debates” the workshop served to intensify discussions held in GSW Sessions during the previous days.
  • The 3rd International Expert Workshop was held in collaboration with UNEP in Paris from 7-8 April 2014. The main topics for discussions with various experts were the role of indicators in international processes and the projects' proposal on systemic Indicators for global sustainable land use.
  • The 4th International Expert Workshop also took place in Paris and was organised together with UNEP and UNCCD. The workshop focused on most recent developments regarding sustainable land use at the global level, especially on the proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and recent work of the UNCCD on indicators. Furthermore, the limits and opportunities of standards and certification for sustainable land use for the private sector were discussed.

Preliminary findings of the whole project as well as first recommendations for strengthening sustainable land use in international policies were presented to participants from ministries, agencies, research and civil society at the 5th GLOBALANDS Workshop held in Berlin at the 18th November 2014. A background paper (in German) was compiled in advance of the workshop.

Further documents presenting the results of the project and the presentations held at the various workshops can be found at the download section of this website.

As the final output of the project a synthesis report  was published in October 2015.