Roel Plant’s event: ‘Landscape(s) in the Anthropocene: renewed potential for progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals?’

8-9 November 2021

The aim of this international online symposium is to revisit the notion of ‘LANDSCAPE’ and investigate how it might be applicable, relevant and significant to engage and interact with our LANDSCAPES in times of the ANTHROPOCENE.

Part 1 of this event will showcase concrete LANDSCAPE examples – ‘Stories from the Ground’ – organised around three broad themes: KNOWLEDGE, FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY. Part 2 of the event will address ‘Landscape Governance’, asking what modes of governance might be proposed to harness the notion of landscape in the Anthropocene, with a view to promote sustainability as per the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Part 1 will be an open webinar (registration required – see details below), whereas part 2 will be a virtual roundtable (by invitation only).

Programme and speakers

Monday 8 November

Part 1 – Webinar: “STORIES FROM THE GROUND” (open event, registration required)

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and introduction

Marianne Chaumel,
Project Manager, Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK’IT)

Introduction: “Landscape(s) in the Anthropocene”
Roel PLANT, Adjunct Professor, Landscapes & Ecosystems, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Australia & MAK’IT Fellow (JRU TETIS)

09:15 – 09:45 Theme 1 – KNOWLEDGE

The Relationist Ethos and Earth centred governance in Australia
Mary GRAHAM, First Nations Peoples Advisory Group, Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) & Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland

Michelle MALONEY, Co-Founder and National Convenor, AELA

09:45 – 10:20 Theme 2 – FOOD

“Foodscapes and household spatial food provisioning practices in Montpellier”
Coline PERRIN, Geographical Researcher, JRU Innovation, Montpellier, France

“Edible green cities in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region”
Arnold VAN DER VALK, Emeritus Professor of Land Use Planning at Wageningen University/ Food Council MRA (Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam)

10:20 – 10:30 Virtual coffee break

10:30 – 11:05 Theme 3 – SUSTAINABILITY

“Characterisation of large-scale land acquisitions in Senegal: issues, dynamics and actors“
Djibril DIOP, Geographer, Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research

Nexus thinking to contribute to sustainable landscapes”
Sandra LUQUE, Research Director, JRU TETIS, Montpellier, France

11:05 – 11:35 Q&A / Panel discussion

Selected questions from the audience and facilitated panel discussion.

11:35 – 11:50 Reflection from a high-level discussant

Roderick SIMPSON, Former Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

11:50 – 12:00 Closing

Pierre MAUREL, Director, JRU ‘Territory, Environment, Teledetection, Spatial Information (TETIS), Montpellier, France 

Tuesday 9 November

Part 2: Virtual roundtable: “LANDSCAPE GOVERNANCE” (upon invitation only)

  • Plenary reflection on presentations from Part 1
  • Discussion #1: Local landscape governance
  • Discussion #2: Global landscape governance
  • Synthesis: landscape governance and the UN Sustainable development Goals

Detailed programme in PDF format here