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Navigating stakeholder differences in valuing landscape for sustainable land-use change 
Bep Schrammeijer (Athena Institute)
Rachel Morgain (Melbourne University)
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Bep Schrammeijer (Athena Institute)
Rachel Morgain (Melbourne University)
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

The climate, biodiversity, food, agriculture and health crises, and their solutions, all relate to our interaction with landscapes. However, interests in, and values of, landscapes vary across stakeholders in science and society. How can we navigate these differences to enable just transformations?

Long Abstract:

The way we interact with landscapes has an important role in both contributing to and mitigating the interconnected climate, biodiversity, food, agriculture and health crises. For example, our relationship with the landscape is relevant for healthy urban planning, reversing land degradation, improving food production, halting biodiversity loss, developing infrastructure for the energy transition, enabling climate change mitigation and adaptation. Sustainable transformations require that we understand the power relations and norms that determine land-use, and the resulting impacts and trade-offs for society and ecosystems - in other words, the cultural, economic, political and livelihood contestations that play out across social and biophysical landscapes. STS offers crucial tools for theorising these inter-relationships between cultural, social, and technical structures and knowledges, but their ecological and spatial interpretation are less recognised.

To better understand the impact of our actions on the many aspects of landscape, to come up with solutions and to enable sustainable transformation we need both the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, and new ways of understanding and creating values across landscapes. However, the variety of perspectives, needs, interests and values related to the use and relevance of landscapes can impede dialogue, feed polarisation and thwart change. Typically, traditional approaches make it difficult to fully understand the coupling of cultural, social and biophysical values and needs, and their dependencies and impacts upon one another, when considering land and land use change.

This panel will explore insights into how differences in valuing landscapes can be navigated to make and do sustainable transformations. We propose a Combined Format Open Panel that focuses on multi-stakeholder approaches in sustainable land use transitions. The panel is open to exploring these values across a diversity of geographies, human communities, ecosystems and land use challenges. We welcome research paper presentations, workshop formats, dialogue sessions or art dialogues.

Accepted contributions:

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