Workshop on Land Degradation October 1st.

1st in series: ‘Seven challenges for sustainability – Ten years after’

In 2004-05 LUCSUS convened a series of workshops on “the seven challenges for sustainability”. These were thematic workshops aiming at presenting and problematizing seven challenges that society was grappling with. The challenges share the fact that they have primarily been defined and described from a natural science point of departure. It is now crucial that social sciences more seriously confront these challenges. Now, ten years after, we revisit these challenges in order to see what has happened during a decade of research, politics, policy and environmental change.

The specific objective is to convene a series of lectures, seminars and debates for a wide audience at Lund University. Just as we did ten years ago, prominent guest speakers will be invited to each event. In addition, scholars from different disciplines at Lund University will take active part in discussing the challenges from different disciplinary approaches.

The seven challenges, in alphabetic order, are:  Biodiversity loss, Climate change, Deforestation, Global food insecurity, Global (ill)health, Land degradation, Overfishing


The first workshop will be on Land Degradation on 1 October and featuring the following invited guests:

  • Dr. David Dent, former Executive Director of ISRIC (World Soil Information) and one of the key scientists in the Global Assessment of Land Degradation in Drylands (LADA). David Dent has over 30 years of land degradation research experience from all over the world. He is also the author of several books and numerous papers on the topic.
  • Professor Anna Tengberg has a background as senior technical advisor to UNDP and UNEP on land degradation issues for 10 years. She is currently consulting for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United Nations University (UNU) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
  • Dr. Compton Jim Tucker is Senior Scientist at the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington DC. CJ Tucker is one the world’s most experienced and distinguished researchers in the field of Earth Observation, particularly as the pioneer of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) – the most widely used index for vegetation monitoring. He has published over 750 articles, with well over 35 000 citations totally. He was recently awarded the Vega Medal by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.

Preliminary Programme in our new premises: Josephson, Biskopsgatan 5

13.15 – 13.45 Land degradation as political ecology (Lennart Olsson, LUCSUS)

13.45 – 14.15 A global update of land degradation – a new picture emerging (David Dent)

14.15 – 14.45 Land degradation in international policy (Anna Tengberg)

14.45 – 15.15 Refreshments

15.15 – 15.35 Land degradation monitoring (Yengoh G. Tambang, LUCSUS)

15.35 – 16.15 Land degradation monitoring from space (Compton Jim Tucker)

16.15 – 17.00 Discussion – what next



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