Climate change and food security nexus

Climate Change is real, action is needed now!
You will learn about climate trends, adaptation actions to protect food systems and livelihoods, how to create incentives for mitigation action and tackle one of the root causes of vulnerability: poor governance.

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International Summer Course on Forest Landscape Restoration

Worldwide, landscapes are changing rapidly due to social-economic development and globalization. While such modifications have often brought prosperity for humans and societies, many adverse effects can be observed. Diverse ecological and cultural landscapes are disappearing at a rapid pace around the world, while local cultures and biodiversity have become threatened. Yet, we do know that affected landscapes can be restored. Many landscapes around the world – including in China, Brazil and the Netherlands – have successfully been restored. This restoration has however not been realised without facing governance challenges, particularly related to stakeholder involvement, multi-sector collaboration, choosing the right instruments, project implementation, and the development of landscape governance capacities at all levels and scales.


This Summer course is the second in a series of Summer courses exploring the contours of landscape governance, organised by Beijing Forestry University, Renmin University of China, Yunnan Forestry University and Wageningen University. This summer we will address the landscape governance challenges faced by China. China has experienced dramatic landscape changes over last a century, leading to large-scale deforestation, water and soil erosion, and lose of biodiversity. But over the past few decades, the country has been able to successfully reforest and restore landscapes at an impressive scale. In order to learn most effectively from China’s experience, the Summer course will deploy a combination of learning methods including lectures, academic reflections, practical games, field visits. and case studies. This combination of activities will allow the participants to not only acquire novel knowledge, but also the practical skills and new attitudes to successfully address landscape restoration and its governance in China.


for more information, contact Dr. Lingchao ( and Prof. Dr. Liu Jinlong (


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Towards zero hunger: Partnerships for impact

We would like to invite you to the international SDG-conference ‘Towards zero hunger: Partnerships for impact’, on
30-31 August 2018 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The conference is part of the many activities that are being organized during the 100 year anniversary of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

SDG 2 (to end hunger, to achieve food security and improved nutrition, and to promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 17 (creating partnerships) are the focus of the conference. Paul Polman (CEO Unilever), Akinwumi Adesina (President African Development Bank), Ertharin Cousin (former President World Food Programme) and Louise O. Fresco (President Wageningen University & Research) and many more speakers will lead the way in multiple actor participation and engagement, to discuss innovative transformative pathways. To tackle the challenges of the SDGs, various stakeholders from governments, science, industry and civil society will discuss issues as governance, balancing synergies and trade-offs, evidence base for sustainable food systems, and future collaboration. As the leading institute in food and agriculture, WUR feels committed to contribute to the SDGs in general and Zero Hunger in particular.

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