Landscape Restoration – can it improve water security in Sweden and beyond?
WEBINAR PRESENTATIONS & RECORDING
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International water and landscape webinar gathered some 100 participants
Big challenges, promising remedies
Welcome to our webinar where we are highlighting the opportunities that landscape restoration provides for water, climate and biodiversity!
Safe access to clean water is a growing challenge, and Sweden is no exception. Landscape restoration can provide a solution for improving water security whilst simultaneously benefitting people and the environment. Global warming, extended periods of drought and increasingly erratic precipitation patterns are presenting unprecedented challenges and put pressure on water-related ecosystem services which our landscape’s productivity is reliant on.
These services are also crucial to the achieving many of the SDGs, something that ‘The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’ is aiming to highlight. This new decade commences 2021, and we believe that Swedish actors also can contribute to this work!
Therefore, we are welcoming you to this webinar where we will discuss the importance of landscape restoration and the management of productive landscapes!
Such landscapes – with efficient and sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, forestry, industry and societies – are reliant on and affect water flows. So how can we better integrate water in policy, business and land management approaches? How does land restoration support water security? What are the national and international frameworks that regulate this? Which knowledge do Swedish actors have that can be shared with other parts of the world? What can we learn from other countries and apply to our own landscape, which is constantly changing?
Lars Laestadius, Adjunct Lecturer at SLU Department of Forest Ecology and Management and Director at Eco-Innovation Foundation
Izabella Koziell, Program Director at CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
Aida Bargues Tobella, Postdoctoral Researcher at SLU Department of Forest Ecology & Management and Focali
Susan Chomba, Programme Manager for Regreening Africa, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply & Forestry Manager at IKEA
Rafael Chaves, President of the Brazilian Society for Ecological Restoration – SOBRE
Anita Bergstedt, Länsstyrelsen Västra Götaland – the project ”Nature-based solutions against flooding”
10.15 Welcome and introduction
10.25 Inspirational talks
Presentation: Are the stars aligning for landscape restoration? Lars Laestadius, Adjunct Lecturer at SLU Department of Forest Ecology and Management and World Resource Institute
Presentation: Landscape Restoration: is it a case of nature or nurture? Izabella Koziell, Program Director at CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
10.55 Interactive session – audience presentation
11.05 Short break
11.15 Water in the landscape
Presentation: Opportunities to improve water security through forest and landscape restoration, Aida Bargues Tobella at Focali, SLU Department of Forest Ecology and Management and ICRAF
11.30 Interactive session – audience present their restoration related work
11.45 LUNCH BREAK
12.45 Speed talks
Presentation: Regreening Africa—what it takes and what it doesn’t, Susan Chomba at ICRAF and the project Reversing Land Degradation in Africa by Scaling-up Evergreen Agriculture (Regreening Africa)
Presentation: Sow a seed, how can we restore our degraded rainforests, Ulf Johansson at IKEA and the Sow-a-Seed project
Presentation: Mission: Impossible – bottom-up restoration in Brazil, Rafael Chaves at Brazilian Society for Ecological Restoration – SOBRE
Presentation: Landscape restoration with Nature Based Solutions, Anita Bergstedt at Länsstyrelsen Västra Götaland
13.25 Interactive World Café session: 4x break-out groups
13:50 Feedback from World Café groups
14.10 Concluding thoughts and next steps
10:15 – 15:30
SIWI Swedish Water House