Tuesday 6
Sustainable intensification of agriculture for human prosperity and global sustainability
Fabrice DeClerck, Andrew Noble, Line Gordon, Alain Vidal, Johan Rockstrom
› 17:10 - 18:10 (1h)
› Antigone 3
Sustainable intensification of agriculture for human prosperity and global sustainability
Fabrice Declerck * , Andrew Noble  1, *@  , Line Gordon  2, *@  , Alain Vidal@
1 : CGIAR, Water Land and Ecosystems  (WLE)  -  Website
2 : Stockholm Resilience Center  (SRC)  -  Website
* : Corresponding author

The CGIAR Research Program on Water Land and Ecosystems (WLE) with the Stockholm Resilience Center and the Natural Capital Project aims to learn how to sustainably intensify farming activities, expand agricultural areas and restore degraded lands, while using natural resources wisely and harnessing the contribution of supporting ecosystems to transform the lives of the poor.


We aim for an impact-driven research in development to identify, evaluate, and design key ecosystem service-based interventions for improved provision of multiple ecosystem services and poverty alleviation within some of the world's most important river basins and landscapes. We emphasize: (1) socio-ecological evaluation of the ecosystem services needed in the region, 2) identification of the scale, impact and mechanisms of ecological drivers affecting ecosystems service delivery; (3) decision models for identifying key interventions, and variables to be monitored; and (4) identifying and refining decision support tools to target landscape and basin scale ecosystem service-based interventions and their value.


We adopt an ecosystem service focus in our work: (1) focusing on agricultural landscapes and how agricultural systems within large landscapes can be managed for conservation and restoration of ecosystem service delivery; (2) putting people first by explicitly focusing on how the poor benefit from ecosystem services and how ecosystem service-based management delivers poverty alleviation, food security, and sustainable natural resource management); (3) using a multi-scalar approach with the basin as our maximum extent, and explicitly recognizing interactions between scales; and (4) applying a resilience lens to our work. This approach brings into focus the services themselves, the ways in which they influence and are influenced by human activities, and the need to consider trade-offs and synergies in modifying ecosystems so as to deliver overall development benefits to people.


This session opens several WLE sponsored sessions and features three keynote speakers:


1) Sustainable intensification of agriculture for human prosperity and global sustainability. Andrew Nobel (WLE), Johan Rockstrom 

2) Applying a Resilience Lens to sustainable development in agricultural landscapes. Line Gordon, Elin Enfors, Meagan Meacham and Johan Rockstrom.

3) Breaking the trap: CGIAR experiences in resilience research, Alain Vidal, CGIAR consortium

Each presenter will have 10 minutes to make their presentation with 5 minutes for questions and comments. This will be followed by 15 minutes of speed talks highlighting additional WLE sponsored submissions to the meeting where a greater time for dialogue will be allocated. 

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