NorthWesternPaths


Title                           Scenarios and pathways toward sustainable land-use and food production for Western and the Nordic
                                   European countries as part of the global FABLE Consortium

Lead PI                      Line Gordon, Stockholm University, Sweden

Partner PI                  Ingo Fetzer, Stockholm University, Sweden
                                   Serina Ahlgren, RISE Research Institute of Sweden, Sweden
                                   Torjörn Jansson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
                                   Uwe Schneider, University of Hamburg, Germany
                                   Robbie Andrew, CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Norway

Funding Agencies    BMBF, Germany
                                    FORMAS, Sweden
                                    RCN, Norway

Abstract

The program aims to create an EU/Nordic community of practice (CoP) as a unique self-governed network of leading knowledge institutions tasked with supporting the design of integrated pathways towards sustainable food and land-use systems consistent with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (including the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) and implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. The pathways developed by this community aim to identify the extent to which investments and action on (a) reducing food waste, (b) strict management of land and water resources, (c) dietary shifts (d) sustainable intensification of agriculture and (e) trade enable CoP countries to meet national climate, conservation, water quality, and public health commitments. It will operate as part of the global FABLE (1) network led by UN-SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) and IIASA including 20 additional countries in the America’s, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The global FABLE analyses assess international spillover effects to help countries determine the impact of their policies on other countries and to anticipate impacts on their land-use and food systems that may emanate from developments in other countries. In this way, the EuroNordic FABLE will pursue science-based modeling frameworks, targets and pathways that countries can use to assess policies relating to land-use and food systems. Further, and as part of the global FABLE network, they will help align the ambition of national pathways with the SDGs and the commitment to keep the rise in average global temperatures to “well below 2°C”.

The partners propose an integrated program including three work streams: (1) the development of national and regional pathways to sustainable food and land use systems, (2) scoping with national and regional partners to identify pathway narratives, (3) integration of Nordic EU pathways into global models pursued by the FABLE network. A small secretariat led by Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) will coordinate the Nordic-Central EU partnership, including its contribution to the Global FABLE network which operates as part of the broader Food and Land-Use Coalition to provide the integrated analysis that can support policymakers, business leaders, and civil society in undertaking the deep transformations needed to achieve sustainable food and land-use systems.