GLP — Global Land Programme

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The Global Land Programme brings together integrated science perspectives on the understanding of Land Systems. Land Systems are coupled human-environment systems that influence the land use and land cover and the ecosystem services derived from these. The interdisciplinary approach of the Global Land Programme reflects the recognition of the fundamental nature of how human activities on land are affecting feedbacks to the Earth System and the response of the Human-Environment System to Global Change. The project's Science Plan has been developed around three objectives:

  • To identify the agents, structures and nature of change in coupled socio-environmental systems on land and quantify their effects on the coupled system;
  • To assess how the provision of ecosystem services is affected by these changes; and
  • To identify the character and dynamics of vulnerable and sustainable coupled socio-environmental land systems to interacting perturbations, including climate change.

GLP originated as a core project of IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme) and IHDP (International Human Dimensions Programme). GLP became a core project of Future Earth in January 2015. The GLP IPO (2016-2019) is hosted by the University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment, Switzerland.

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