6th July, 14:00 - 16:00 BST - Oxford Martin School Lecture Theatre
Environmental Change Institute Land-Use Group, University of Oxford

5B. Governing NbS: Fostering inclusive and restorative land use governance

Across the world, land is being used, stewarded, and restored for food, energy, fiber, water, biodiversity, and more. The confluence of climate change, deforestation and land degradation has triggered calls for NbS, but also more socially and ecologically restorative land use governance. This panel will explore different perspectives on the meaning of inclusive and restorative governance in the context of NbS and land use change. Navigating social power relations and taking account of the global political economy requires consideration of who is empowered, to do what, through different approaches to governance; how governance shapes human relationships and motivations; and the underlying normative or ethical principles or assumptions behind different governance efforts. We will explore tensions between standardized systems of global remote monitoring, surveillance and control with demands for local empowerment and inclusion. We will consider how governing NbS can be strengthened by fostering more diverse and inclusive approaches, at multiple scales, to address deforestation and land use change.


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    Mark Hirons

    Research Fellow at the Oxford Environmental Change Institute

    Mark is Departmental Lecturer and a member of the Land Use and Sustainability Governance group at the Environmental Change Institute. Mark is interested in addressing inter-linked social and environmental challenges through interdisciplinary research. He is broadly engaged with research that investigates issues of well-being, inequality and justice with respect to climate change and natural resource governance. He is interested how different values and knowledges interact with institutional and cultural contexts in driving the governance decisions which underpin environmental and social change across a range of scales.

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    Mari Mulyani

    Teaching Associate at Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment

    Mari Mulyani has 15 years research experience in environmental governance, including climate change policies and Indonesia’s forest institutions; local vulnerability and resilience to environmental change; local knowledge and adaptation strategies; community-based forest management; and the political economy of oil palm. Mari’s DPhil thesis from Oxford University was on REDD+ institutions in Indonesia. At Oxford, Mari runs a module on ASEAN Environments and teaches Philosophy of Science and Environmental Governance. She also lectures at the University of Indonesia on Environmental Scientific Writing and Publishing.

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    Constance McDermott

    Associate Professor at the Oxford Environmental Change Institute
    Transforming land use governance: Global targets without equity miss the mark

    Constance L. McDermott is an Associate Professor and Jackson Senior Research Fellow, and Leader of the Land Use Governance and Sustainability Programme, at the Environmental Change Institute and Oriel College, Oxford University. She has over 30 years experience conducting research and applied work on state, civil society and market-based approaches to governing forests, land use and related supply chains. Her work includes a strong focus on the equity of international conservation initiatives.

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    Rachel Garrett

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy at ETH Zurich
    Can inclusivity improve the effectiveness of tropical conservation efforts?

    Rachael Garrett is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy at ETH Zurich. Her research examines the drivers and impacts of land change, primarily in forest landscapes, and the effectiveness and equity of forest conservation policies and practices. Dr. Garrett works closely with national agriculture and forestry agencies in the regions where she works, including ongoing partnerships with Embrapa in Brazil. She also works closely with companies to advise them on their supply chain policies.

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    Chairil Abdini

    Secretary General of Indonesian Academy of Sciences
    Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC) as Sustainability Criterion for Biofuels

    Chairil Abdini has 21 years research experience in public policy and decision analysis in various policy areas such as lowland, swampland, and peatland development study, including science, technology and innovation (STI) policy, higher education, economic productivity, income and regional inequality, as well as sustainable development policy. Chairil’s DPhil thesis from University of Pittsburgh was on application of entropy concept in water resources modelling. He works for several government institutions and currently he is special adviser of Minister of Development Planning. He is also Secretary General of Indonesian Academy of Science. In addition, he lectures at School of Environmental Science University of Indonesia on public policy and decision analysis.

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    Eric Kumeh Mensah

    Research Scientist at Natural Resources Institute Finland
    Promising inclusion, delivering marginalisation? A reflection on the policy and practice of the Hotspot Intervention Area governance mechanism in Ghana

    Eric is a postdoctoral researcher with the Natural Resources Institute Finland. Working at the intersection of critical agrarian studies and political economy, Eric focuses on land as a source of, and a basis for addressing inequality in rural Africa. Eric uses mainly qualitative approaches to understand social and environmental policy processes and their delivery to identify how affect different stakeholders and options that lead to more equitable outcomes.

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    Jasper Montana

    Research Fellow in Human Geography from the University of Oxford

    Jasper Montana is a Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Oxford, and a member of the Land Use and Sustainability Governance group. Jasper is an environmental social scientist, whose research examines the frameworks of governance established to protect biodiversity and enhance human relations with nature. Jasper is particularly interested in the interface between science and policy, and enhancing the uptake and application of social science research in decision making from local to global scales.