The soil we live on – sustainable use of arable land
Ensuring that there is sufficient arable land for future food and biomass production is a challenge more relevant than ever. But how much land is really needed to secure the future food production? And how can we ensure that the land is sufficient for all our needs, even for future generations?
The global population is increasing and with it our need for both infrastructure and food. Society's measures to adapt to and counteract climate change take up additional land, not least for increased production of biofuels.
During the Sustainability Week in Lund 2021, the thematic collaboration initiative LU Land - Land Use for a Sustainable Future and the Agenda 2030 Graduate School at Lund University jointly invite to two seminars on the subject. The purpose is to highlight the challenges and conflicts that arise related to the sustainable use of arable land, and to discuss possible solution paths with the participants.
The seminars are open to anyone interested in land use issues at regional, national and global level, and are held in Swedish (Part 1) and English (Part 2).
Please note! Registration is needed for both seminars - see registration links below.
Part 1: 8.30-10.00
The land we lend - about Sweden's use of arable land
Within the frame of LU Land's breakfast seminar series, we address the challenge of sustainable land use from a Swedish perspective, where one of the most debated conflicts in this context is the exploitation of highly productive arable land for urban development and infrastructure. How can the Swedish food strategy be achieved without jeopardizing other important societal goals? Which trade-offs need to be considered in decisions concerning land exploitation for urban planning? What help and guidance do existing policies provide? Do legal instruments need to be adapted to facilitate decision-making in order to achieve a sustainable use of the arable land?
The seminar highlights different perspectives and provides an opportunity for joint discussions between an expert panel and the audience.
Welcome and information from LU Land
Juliana Dänhardt/Maria von Post
Introduction to seminar
Moderator Katarina Hedlund, Lund University
- Anders Samuelsson, chairman of the city planning committee (C), Jönköping Municipality
- Anne-Marie Lindén, Den Goda Jorden
- Christian Wilke, Lund Municipality
- Girion Blomdahl, Stockholm University and Setterwalls
- Karin Svensson Smith, opposition council (MP), Lund Municipality
Q&A and discussion
Round-up and closing
The seminar is held in Swedish.
Registration for the seminar is made no later than May 3 via the following link:
Registration for LU Land's breakfast seminar # 7 | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) - cec.lu.se
Part 2: 15.00-16.30
The land we eat – land use and food security in a growing world
Reaching a sustainable use of the arable land from a global perspective is essential in a growing world where e.g. food security may be increasingly affected by climate change and political conflicts. The issue of sustainable land use is complex yet essential to attend to reach the swiftly approaching Sustainable Development Goals intended to be fulfilled by year 2030.
In this seminar we will discuss the challenging and global issue of sustainable land use in relation to the following discussion topics:
- Is there enough land to feed the world?
- Land systems and food systems – what are the land use impacts of emerging, rapidly shifting diet trends?
- “Land sparing” vs. “land sharing”– how should the land be used?
Researchers and societal actors will join the panel talk, and the audience will be invited to join the discussion.
Kimberly Nicholas, researcher, LUCSUS, Lund University
- Ellinor Isgren, researcher, LUCSUS, Lund University
- Jakob Lundberg, chairman of the board, Albaeco
- Jesica López, PhD student, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science/Agenda 2030 Graduate School, Lund University
- José Joaquín Campos Arce, executive director, Sustainable Agriculture Network - SAN
- Mark Brady, researcher, AgriFood Economics Centre, SLU/Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund University
You register for the seminar via:
Registration link for seminar on sustainable land use (15.00-16.30) - lu-se.zoom.us
After your registration you will receive a confirmation email with a passcode and link to the webinar.
Please note that it might take up to 30 minutes to receive the confirmation email.
The seminar is held in English.
The seminar will not be recorded or shared afterwards.
The thematic collaboration initiative LU Land – Land use for a sustainable future at Lund University is a platform that gathers researchers and societal actors across sectors and disciplines to identify and discuss current land use challenges and contribute to knowledge for sustainable solutions.
More about LU Land (in Swedish) – lu.se
The Agenda 2030 Graduate School
Lund University Agenda 2030 Graduate School is a cutting-edge research school and collaborative platform for issues related to societal challenges and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
More about the Agenda 2030 Graduate School - sustainability.lu.se
Sustainability Week in Lund
Sustainability Week is an annual event in Lund when the university, the municipality of Lund and other interested parties fill a week with activities around the issue of sustainability.
Lund Sustainability Week – sustainability.lu.se