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Focus Area 2 Restoring value to Grasslands Ottawa 15-17 October 2013 Liz Wedderburn Alexandre Ickowicz Ilse Kohler-Rollefson Barry Boubakary Ben Henderson.

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1 Focus Area 2 Restoring value to Grasslands Ottawa October 2013 Liz Wedderburn Alexandre Ickowicz Ilse Kohler-Rollefson Barry Boubakary Ben Henderson

2 FOCUS AREA OBJECTIVE o Primary objective:“To maintain and restore both environmental and economic value to grasslands, while preserving their social and cultural functions globally”.

3 Restoring value of grasslands, how? o Grow our global understanding and identify shared views o Design transition pathways to the future o Create a global learning and innovation environment built from on the ground experiences that will inform both local and global action, especially through comparative analysis o Integrate production, environment, economic, social and cultural well being, and collective action in grassland system assessment

4 FA2 Conceptual Framework : Restoring value to grassland Multiscale and participative approach What are the values of Grasslands for stakeholders? -Economics -Ecological -Social / Cultural How to assess the values of Grasslands? -Methods? -Who? Role of Grasslands in local development? -Diagnosis -Indicators Improving value of Grasslands through innovation -Policy practice and strategy -Technical practice -Local stakeholder practice Consult and NetworkAnalyse and Inform Guide and Pilot

5 Tangible outputs o Global lessons related to monitoring and managing progress towards sustainable grassland systems o Identification of practices that will enable desired change o Evidence based messages about the value of grasslands for use in dialogue

6 Progress to date Consult and Network Collection, collation and sharing of existing data, info & experiences o Set up a WEB portal that is currently being used as an inventory of information on grassland values. We plan to expand it’s functionality and build a workspace within the portal. o Initiated a stock take of government/sector policies related to grassland management

7 Progress to date Consult and Network o Building networks while participating in a series of Grassland related meetings and conferences: 4th Conference SAADC in China (July 2013) European Association for Animal Production meeting held in Nantes (August 2013) "LFS innovations for local/rural development“ 22nd International Grasslands Congress in Sydney (Sept 2013) APESS workshop in Cameroon (Nov 2013)

8 Progress to date Analyze and Inform o Proposal for NAMA-based initiative has been drafted & with workshop planned for early 2014 o Global soil C sequestration assessment for grasslands completed (ID global hot spots) o Develop, evaluate and compare affordable MRV (measurement, reporting and verification) methods Sustainable grazing management C accounting methodology o Comparative analysis of mental models 15 grassland sites throughout the world o Develop/adopt accounting mechanisms/indictors to value grasslands

9 Pilot sites Diversity, context

10 Progress to date Pilot sites Development of an inventory of global pilot sites to: o Undertake a global comparative description o Describe the different values and measures for grassland held by stakeholders. o Describe the contribution of livestock farming to sustainable development o Develop tools and processes for multi stakeholders to assess and explore impacts of multiple drivers on future grassland systems

11 Progress to date Pilot Sites Identify new pilot projects: o Fill in the gaps of the current configuration of pilot sites to provide diversity of approaches o Provide evidence and example of how grassland values can be restored and enhanced in practice o Test innovation and practice change

12 This Meeting o Building on progress: What priorities from pilot sites to inform Global lessons e.g. testing innovation; topics for synthesis How to build on collaborative initiatives Additionality from participation in GAA, what is it and how do we capture it? Where are the quick wins? Preparation of next FA2 meeting

13 Thank You


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