Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions Between Abandonment and Land Grabbing

IAMO Forum 2012

20-22 June 2012 | Halle (Saale), Germany

Land use is receiving increasing attention due to its manifold repercussions on human well-being and the environment. Achieving the sustainable production of food and feed for a growing population will be a key priority for humanity in the years to come. However, land use changes threaten the provision of ecosystem services and are among the most important drivers of global environmental change. Land use changes are also responsible for a large share of global greenhouse gas emissions and drive habitat change, which threatens biodiversity.

Land use changes are particularly pronounced in many transition economies, where the legacies of the rapid and drastic institutional and socioeconomic changes sent land use systems onto new trajectories. The IAMO Forum 2012 will provide a platform to discuss cutting-edge research about the main trends, drivers, and outcomes of land use in transition economies of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia.

The overall aim of the IAMO Forum 2012 is to improve our understanding of land use change in transition econ-omies and to stimulate debates and discussions. The conference will provide a rare platform for building net-works among scholars with similar geographic and the-matic foci, as well as for introducing innovative approaches in land change science, including methodological innovations, new empirical applications, and cross-cutting themes.

The conference is jointly organised by the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Geomatics Lab) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (SILVIS Lab).

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