Keynote Address

Keynote Address - Dr. Sara Scherr

We are pleased to announce Dr. Sara Scherr is bringing the keynote address at Land Use 2018!

Dr. 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 EcoAgriculture Partners in 2002, and in 2011 co-founded the global Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, which she now chairs.

Before founding EcoAgriculture Partners, Dr. Scherr held positions as Director of Ecosystem Services at the non-profit Forest Trends; adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA; co-leader of the CGIAR Gender Program; senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; and principal researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre based in Nairobi, Kenya. She was a Fulbright Scholar (1976) and a Rockefeller Social Science Fellow (1985-87). Dr. Scherr received her BA in Economics at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and her MSc and PhD in International Economics and Development at Cornell University in New York.

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The challenges faced by the Province of Alberta from population growth and economic transformation--around agriculture, water, and municipal development—reflect similar dynamics around the world. Unprecedented pressures on the natural resource base are triggering deep reflection about resource management priorities and strategies, and a remarkable surge of innovation in agriculture and resource management, governance and finance.

“Integrated landscape management” (ILM), in myriad forms and communities of practice, recognizes that all sectors, uses and social groups must share a common resource base to provide the full range of goods and services needed, and that all are affected by ecosystem functions and economic trends across the whole landscape.

New tools for collaborative landscape assessment, negotiation, planning, design and monitoring are being developed, as well as models of market development and policy that explicitly enhance synergies and minimize tradeoffs.

This rich period of experimentation is coalescing into a new phase of integrated landscape management, where organized local coalitions may be able to mobilize new sources of capital  and financial instruments explicitly designed for large-scale, coordinated  multi-use landscape investment. Evidence and experience from Africa, Latin America, Europe, the U.S. and Asia will be presented to illustrate these trends, tools and financing strategies.