July 15, 2021 | 10-11:30 ET

Landscape Roundtable: Information Technology Solutions to Support Landscape Partnerships (virtual event)

July 15th, 2021

10:00 AM-11:30 AM ET

Online Only via Zoom (register here)

Join us for the next Landscape Roundtable convened by FAO North America and EcoAgriculture Partners to bring together leading innovators that are developing information technology solutions for landscape partnerships (LPs) across the world. Experts will share their perspectives on what such technology can and, crucially, cannot do to support landscape partnerships to achieve their goals for nature, people, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As landscape partnerships have proliferated, their ability to manage complex social, environmental and governance challenges and data has been limited by their lack of access to technology. Though priority needs and access to information technology vary across geographies, similar challenges are broadly applicable to all LPs, such as data management, impact management, internal and external communications. Nevertheless, there has been limited software development to support their needs.

The event will include experts from Terraso, the technology platform for LPs of the 1000 Landscapes for One Billion People initiative, and other innovators from the private sector supporting integrated landscape management.



10:00 am—Gabe Laizer, FAO

Overview of Technology Use

10:05 am—Jocelyn Brown Hall, Director, FAO-North America


10:10 am—Sara Scherr, President and CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners


10:15 am—Amaya Webster and Derek Caelin, Tech Matters

Information Technology Needs of Landscape Partnerships and introduction to Terraso Digital Platform

10:30 am—Q&A

10:40 am—

Erik Lindquist, Forestry Officer, FAO and SEPAL

SEPAL – A big-data platform for land monitoring

Emily Jacobi, Executive Director & Founder, Direct Democracy

Information technology for mapping with indigenous peoples

Heiner Baumann, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Precision Development (PxD)

Digital agricultural advisory services

11:05 am—Q&A

11:20 am—Speaker advice to Landscape Partners on effective use of information technology

11:25 am—Wrap-up

11:30 am—Close


Join the conversation on Twitter using #LandscapeRT


About the Series
The Landscape Roundtable is part of an ongoing series of discussions focusing on climate change, agriculture and landscapes. EcoAgriculture Partners and the FAO North America have jointly organized the series since 2009.


Jocelyn Brown HallJocelyn Brown Hall is the Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office for North America based in Washington, DC. Prior to this role she served as the Deputy Regional Representative for the FAO Regional Office for Africa, where she oversaw 47 FAO country offices and guided strategy and communications around food security, agriculture, climate change, agrifood trade, animal and plant health, among other topics. She has also served as the FAO Representative for Ghana, where she worked with ministries of agriculture, fisheries, social protection and trade on advancing issues such as healthy school meals, rehabilitating lands contaminated by illegal mining, sustainable aquaculture and fish smoking, and digitalization of agriculture data.

Before joining FAO, Jocelyn was Deputy Administrator in the Foreign Agricultural Service, where she led the USDA’s USD $2 billion food and technical assistance programs in low- and middle-income countries. She oversaw the world;s largest international school meals program, serving over 4 million school children globally, and numerous fellowship programs that served tens and thousands of agriculturalists.

She also served as the lead expert on USDA’s technical relationship with international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, and various international research centers.

Sara ScherrDr. Sara J. Scherr is an agricultural and natural resource economist specializing in land management policy in tropical developing countries. She has been a prominent voice globally in promoting the restoration of degraded agricultural lands for food security and rural livelihoods and is a leading innovator in integrated landscape management. She is an expert in the economics of sustainable agriculture and agroforestry and the design of payments to farmers and farming communities for ecosystem stewardship.She founded and has led the international non-profit EcoAgriculture Partners since 2002. She also co-led the global Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative 2011-2020, and founded in 2019 and currently chairs the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People initiative.

Amaya Webster Amaya Webster is a tech-for-good geek with nearly a decade of experience. Prior to joining Tech Matters, Amaya worked at Benetech creating software-for-good as the project manager for their R&D initiative, and the community and marketing manager for their work on digital accessibility of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational materials. Amaya believes that there is little more rewarding than doing work which creates positive, sustainable impact. With degrees in anthropology, biology, and art, a career in tech may not have been the obvious choice, but she has found that her eclectic background lends itself particularly well to the tech-for-good field—especially when it comes to user-centric product design, research, and creative approaches to problem-solving and strategy design.

Derek CaelinDerek Caelin is a technologist who has spent years training activists and civil society organizations in developing countries and conflict zones on how to use digital tools to communicate , mobilize, and organize. Derek is particularly focused on creating, researching, and sharing open-source technology so that all people can benefit from free, collectively produced software. His writings on community-maintained software, games for social impact, privacy, and the effect of tech platforms on society, have been published in Foreign Policy and OneZero.

Erik LindquistErik Lindquist is currently a Forestry Officer with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization based at headquarters in Rome, Italy. His current focus with FAO is creating platforms that facilitate the use of geospatial data for autonomous land surface monitoring at national scales, especially in developing countries. In collaboration with the international Global Forest Observations Initiative, national research institutions, and Ministries of Environment the FAO has launched a cloud-based computing platform called SEPAL (System for Earth Observation Data Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis for Land Monitoring). SEPAL is a big-data processing platform that combines super-computing power, open-source geospatial data processing software, and modern geospatial data infrastructures like Google Earth Engine to enable researchers and technicians anywhere in the world to create data and produce locally relevant results that can affect decision making. He has 23 years of experience in remote sensing and GIS.

Heiner BaumannHeiner Baumann is a Co-Founder, Board Member, and Managing Director of Precision Development, Inc. (PxD – formerly Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)). He has over twenty years of experience in starting, funding, managing, and advising high growth social change organizations focused on climate-smart, sustainable and restorative agriculture, clean energy, community health, education, and mobile phone-based advisory services in developing countries through PxD, Pilot House Philanthropy, the Barr Foundation, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and New Profit, Inc. Heiner worked for five years with McKinsey & Co. serving corporate clients and building its global nonprofit practice. He has written about and is a speaker on disruptive innovation in the social sector, nonprofit capacity building and venture philanthropy.

Emily JacobiAs the Founder & Executive Director of Digital Democracy, Emily Jacobi works in solidarity with marginalized communities to use technology to defend their human and environmental rights. With her team, she is pioneering tools for offline mapping & environmental monitoring in partnership with Indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest and local communities around the globe. Over more than 12 years, Digital Democracy has supported frontline communities to map over a million acres of rainforest, halt mining and oil concessions, and stem the tide of deforestation in biodiverse regions.


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