At the Science Policy Interface: LANd Use SYNergies and CONflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda

How can we use the land that we have most efficiently and thereby allow for human development and reduce the negative impacts on the environment? That is probably one of the most crucial questions we need to answer to ensure the survival of humanity.

In LANUSYNCON we try to answer this question through the conceptual and practical integration of different perspectives, actors and research disciplines. The insufficient coordination between land use decisions of different political sectors often leads to conflicts of ownership, access and use. This is especially the case in sub-Saharan Africa, where the pressure on land is increasing. In LANUSYNCON we examine the complex tradeoffs between different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Knowledge about decision making and land use will be linked with the SDGs in an innovative way and translated into model-based policy decision and land use scenarios.

Increasingly, Science Policy Interfaces (SPIs) are being established to translate knowledge from science into relevant policy options for policymakers. In LANUSYNCON we will assess the role of SPIs in land use policies and the capacity of SPIs to consider synergies and conflicts in their work. Thereby we will identify factors and obstacles to coherent land use in a development context and contribute to a better consideration of synergies and conflicts in political decisions.

LANUSYNCON is a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Jun-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger
(LANUSYNCON Research Group Leader)

Center for Development Research
University of Bonn
Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 73 1726





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Podcast - EKLIPSE about environmental regulation, business and biodiversity featuring Lisa Biber-Freudenberger

Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (Center for Development Research - ZEF) and Janina Grabs (ETH Zurich's Environmental Policy Lab) talked on the fact that our food production systems depend on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) such as farmers and other food producers are currently struggling with market prices for their products and at the same time produce more sustainably.

To listen and learn more about how environmental regulators can support SMEs to enhance environmental sustainability, click on Podcast Episode about Environmental regulation, business and biodiversity by EKLIPSE

Is private governance effectiveness mythical? A meta-study about the on-site effects of major sustainability certifications in bio-based primary production

April 7th, 2021. Thomas Dietz, political scientist and member of the LANUSYNCON academic advisory board participated in the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2021 and gave a presentation titled “Is private governance effectiveness a myth? A meta‐study about the on‐site effects of major sustainability certifications in bio‐based primary production”. 

A recent study conducted by team members of the projects Trans-Sustain and Lanusyncon is currently being prepared for publication. The authors, including LANUSYNCON team leader Lisa Biber-Freudenberger, looked at more than 170 scientific articles from all over the world to find out if scientific studies are more likely to find positive or negative impacts from sustainability certification. See more

LANUSYNCON for Coherent Land-Use Policies

The Kickoff Event of LANUSYNCON: At the Science Policy Interfaces: LANd Use SYNergies and CONflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda took place virtually on 26 and 27 November 2020. With 52 participants attending the public event (Day 1) and 26 participants different thematic workshop (Day2), the event was very successful in reaching out to the interested public and highlighting the goals of the newly established research group at the Center for Development Research funded by the funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research under the Social-ecological Research funding priority. 

Junior-Professor Lisa Biber-Freudenberger, leader of LANUSYNCON, pointed out that “We need coherent land use policies, if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” during the Public Kickoff Event. See more

Lisa Biber-Freudenberger presented at ZEF Colloquium about "Science Policy Interface: Land Use Synergies and Conflicts"