December 9, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am ET

High-Level Landscape Dialogue (virtual event)

High-Level Speaking Series: “Policy and Services to Support Landscape and Seascape Partnerships: How can we meet the Sustainable Development Goals through Integrated Territorial Action?”

December 9th, 2021
10:00 AM-11:30 AM ET
Online Only via Zoom (register here)

National governments and international organizations have launched major policy initiatives and strategies to address the world’s many crises: food and water insecurity, climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss, the COVID-19 public health emergency and poverty that is being made worse by the global pandemic. But policymakers and practitioners may find it challenging to translate these initiatives and strategies into practical action on the ground. Often sectoral programs and policies conflict with one another or operate in silos, and support for more coherent place-based development is often weak.

Landscape and seascape partnerships are very well positioned to positively impact the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because of their scale of action and knowledge of local conditions. But for them to work most effectively, these landscape and territorial partnerships require much stronger institutional support.

Join our next FAO North America-EcoAgriculture Partners high-level panel discussion about the necessary national and international policies and services that will effectively support partnerships. We will hear from government policymakers, program design experts and landscape practitioners about the types of aid needed and the key ingredients for external support to succeed. We will also explore how to build policy support that positions territorial action as a critical strategy to attain the SDGs.

The Landscape Dialogue is part of an ongoing series of discussions focusing on climate change, agriculture and landscapes. EcoAgriculture Partners and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office for North America have jointly organized the series since 2009.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #LandscapeRT.

10:00 am—Jocelyn Brown Hall, Director, FAO-North America

10:10 am—
Sara Scherr, President and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners and Chair of 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People.
A framework for policy and program support for landscape partnerships
Luc Gnacadja, Chair of the Science Taskforce for the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UNDER)
Integrating policy for landscape development: Experience in Benin

10:30 am— Q&A

10:40 am—
Ernest Cook, Director of the Network for Landscape Conservation.
Policies to support large-scale landscapes in the United States: Achievements and priorities

10:50 am—
Lifeng Li, Director, Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Policies to advance sustainable agriculture and livelihoods through integrated landscapes action

11:00 am—Q&A

11:20 am—Comments from the audience

11:25 am—Comments on next steps from the speakers

11:30 am—Close


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.

Dr. 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.

Luc GnacadjaLuc Gnacadja is currently the chair of the Science Taskforce for the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UNDER). Previously, Luc was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) from 2007 to 2013. In that capacity, he has been the architect of the concept of “land degradation neutrality”, a concept he has successfully promoted during the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012 and that became SDG target 15.3. He also served from 1999 to 2005 as Minister of Environment and Urban Development of his country Benin. He is the founder and president of GPS-Dev (Governance & Policies for Sustainable Development), a think tank whose mission is to make governance systems more conducive to sustainable development, especially in Africa.

Ernest CookErnest Cook is the Director of the Network for Landscape Conservation. Previously, Ernest worked for the Trust for Public Land from 1980-2018. He served in positions as varied as top budget manager, head of institutional philanthropy, senior real estate negotiator, and director of government relations and public finance. He is particularly recognized for founding a “conservation finance” program that has played a leading role in generating over $90 billion in new state and local government funds for parks and land conservation through legislative advocacy and ballot measures. In recent years, Ernest has provided consulting services to foundations, land trusts and governments related to large-scale conservation. He is known for innovation, confident leadership, and team building, with strengths in marketing, research, and program development.

Lifeng LiLifeng Li is the Director of the Land and Water Division at FAO. He is a global expert on water management and nature conservation with 15 years of experience in collaboration with the public, private, NGO and research sectors in China and the world. His strengths include strategic conservation planning, programme designing and portfolio management, partnership development, influencing policies and decisions through research and high level political platforms & processes. He has a great track record of delivering transformative changes in China and the world.

He previously led the development of WWF’s water security Vision and Freshwater Strategy, orchestrated WWF’s global works on water policy & standards and influenced key global actors for good water governance.

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