Integrating Ecosystem Conservation with Agricultural Production: Solutions from the Land and the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiatives

Friday, October 24, 2014: 10:20 AM-11:50 AM
Oceanic A (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)
Innovators around the world have begun to articulate a new and compelling vision for adaptive, resilient land management to meet the multiple goals of the twenty-first century — global food and energy security, economic development, biodiversity, water security, resilient ecosystems and solutions to climate change. In the U.S., Solutions from the Land (SfL), has begun a nation-wide collaboration and dialogue on land management. With active participation and input from nearly two hundred agricultural, forestry, conservation, business, academic and government leaders, SfL in March 2013 released a groundbreaking  Pathways Reportwhich underscored the need for land, water, and other natural resources to be managed both in an integrated manner and at the scale necessary for its vision to be realized. The report identified a number of near-term and long-term actions needed to support and accelerate the delivery of multiple solutions to the mega-challenges facing our nation and the world and spotlighted examples where innovative practices and land management approaches are taking place all across America.

Internationally, the Landscapes for People, Food and Naturewas launched in 2011, as a partnership to support and promote scaling of multi-objective landscapes around the world. Led by leading international agriculture and agricultural development organization, collaborative work is underway on knowledge-sharing, policy, finance, business engagement and research. Continental inventories underway by the partners have already identified more than 300 such initiatives in Latin America and more than 150 in Africa, that are seeking to increase agricultural production while at the same time meeting other needs from the land.

This session will feature summaries of lessons learned so far from the analysis and experiences of SfL and LPFN case studies of multi-stakeholder led, integrated landscape initiatives and suggested pathways for the replication and scaling up of these efforts.

Sara Scherr and Thomas Lovejoy
Session Chair:
Ernie Shea
10:20 AM
Lessons learned from the Solutions from the Land Dialogue
Ernie Shea, Project Coordinator, Solutions from the Land Dialogue
10:35 AM
Landscapes for People, Food and Nature
Seth Shames, EcoAgriculture Partners
10:50 AM
Protecting Water with On-farm Conservation: The Indian Creek Watershed Project
Marcus Maier, Chairman, Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District
11:20 AM
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