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October 13th, 2016 @HU| Honorary doctorate award: Prof. Eric Lambin

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On 13 October 2016, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will award the honorary doctorate to Prof. Eric Lambin due to his outstanding contribution to the field of geography. The internationally renowned geographer is ranked as pioneer of land use research and has significantly contributed to an inter- and transdisciplinary understanding of "Land System Science".

The IRI THESys and the Geography Department cordially invite you to the award ceremony with Prof. Lambin holding a lecture on “Land use change in the globalization era: Challenges and opportunities” followed by some drinks to celebrate.


Special THESys Lecture: Honorary doctorate for Prof. Eric Lambin
Land use change in the globalization era: Challenges and opportunities


Thursday, 13 October 2016, 4 pm

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin,
Senatssaal (first floor)

A central challenge for sustainability is how to preserve forest ecosystems and their rich biodiversity while enhancing food production. This challenge for developing countries confronts the force of economic globalization, which seeks cropland and triggers deforestation. Land use changes are increasingly associated with commodities produced for global markets. Some of the final consumers of agricultural and wood commodities, the corporations involved in their transformation and retailing, and civil society show a growing concern for sustainability. These actors are starting to express a preference for goods whose supply chain has been certified as meeting sustainability criteria. These private actors have designed new non-state market driven governance mechanisms aimed at influencing land use through global markets. Recent evidence on the effectiveness of these private land use regulations suggests some potentially positive direct and indirect beneficial impacts. Interactions between private and public environmental regulations need to be better understood.

Prof. Eric Lambin is professor at the Département de Géologie et de Géographie in Louvain-la-Neuve of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and at the Department of Earth System Science, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences of the Stanford University in Palo Alto, USA.

More information: www.iri-thesys.org/news/honorary_doctorate_lambin