Soils, Food Security and Sustainable Land Management

11. - 13. Februar 2015


Soils are key to sustaining life on Earth. Erosion and sealing threaten this essential resource, which is non-renewable in human time-scales. Soils are local and at the very same time sustainable land management is one of the major global issues for sustainable development in general and food security specifically.

The Tutzing conference is a further step in the process the Global Soil Forum is stimulating to enhance progress in the transition from unsustainable soils and land management into sustainable use.

The UN Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals has issued its proposal for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This proposal will be the main basis for integrating the sustainable development goals into the post-2015 development agenda that will be adopted in September 2015. Goal 15 is directly related to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and to halt and reverse land degradation. Goal 2 calls for the achievement of food security and promotion of sustainable agriculture. Goal 17 focuses on strengthening means of implementation and revitalizing global partnership for sustainable development.

The Tutzing conference will focus on the possible means of implementation for the SDGs, including the enabling environment, related to soils and sustainable land management at all levels of governance. Monitoring, accountability, and reporting of the sustainable use of soils and land management will be addressed. In addition, a set of actions (road map) to enhance and facilitate implementation (at different levels) will be developed. Experiences in soil protection measures and land rehabilitation as well as good governance in this field and the role of civil society will be discussed.

All interested stakeholders in soils, food security and sustainable land management are invited to come to Tutzing at the Lake of Starnberg, Germany to debate those issues and next steps. Representatives from all levels of government, NGOs, agriculture and other sector of economy, politics and international bodies, scientists, private sector representatives as well as people active in raising soil awareness, take your chance to network and disseminate experiences. We welcome you in Tutzing, at the Lake of Starnberg, Germany.

Michael Brander, Changing Course in Global Agriculture of Biovision – Foundation for Ecological Development, Zurich and the Millennium
Institute, Washington DC / Dr. Knut Ehlers, German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Dessau-Roßlau / Dr. Martin Held, Economics and Sustainable Development, Protestant Academy Tutzing / Dr. Jes Weigelt, Coordinator Global Soil Forum, Institute for Advanced Sustainability
Studies – IAAS Potsdam

Programme: December 12, 2014


Mittwoch, 11. Februar 2015
11.30 UhrArrival at the Academy - Beginning of Check-in
13.00 UhrLunch
14.00 UhrWelcome and IntroductionWelcome
Dr. Martin Held
Fertile Soils and Sustainable Land Management – Basic to Sustainable Development GoalsKeynote address and discussion
15.30 UhrCoffee break
16.00 UhrSoils and Land in the Current Discussions on the Post-2015 Development AgendaRepresentatives from Biovision, Millenium Institute, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, German Federal Environment Agency
17.00 UhrDiscussion with Check-Ins
18.00 UhrDinner
Evening Session – Open to the Public
19.30 UhrFood Security, Sustainable Land Management and Agriculture – Transformative Steps to Achieve Sustainable Development GoalsDr. Hans R. Herren
Soil and Land AtlasChristine Chemnitz
21.00 UhrReception and informal talks in Tutzing Castle
Donnerstag, 12. Februar 2015
07.45 UhrEarthlings You Are, Taken from the Ground(Genesis 2,7)Morning prayer in the chapel – an invitation
Dr. Martin Held
09.00 UhrFramework for Monitoring and Review
The Role of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in Relation to SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda rele-vant to soil and landRepresentative HLPF (tbc)
Country PerspectivesDorothee Braun
The Role of Civil SocietyChristoph Bals
Committee on World Food Security (CFS)Robert Sabiti
10.30 UhrCoffee break
11.00 UhrParallel Working Groups on Framework for Monitoring and ReviewParallel working groups discussing proposals for monitoring and review of land and soil related SDGs Isis Alvarez (tbc) / Debora Bossio (tbc) / Dr. Knut Ehlers / Ivonne Lobos / Jonathan Reeves (tbc)
13.00 UhrLunch
14.30 UhrRefreshments
15.00 UhrMeans of Implementation: A Focus on PartnershipsInput and facilitation
Christine von Weizsäcker
(1) Science – CSO CooperationSustainable agricultural production to enhance soil fertility, nutritious food and support adaptation to climate change in Kenya Representative ICIPE, Nairobi (tbc)
Prof. Z. R. Kahn
(2) Bilateral Development CooperationSoil restoration in Sub-Sahara Africa to benefit food security and reduce poverty
Dr. Stefan Schmitz
(3) Regional and local networksEuropean Land and Soil Alliance
Christina Steiner
(4) CSO Monitoring and the Role of the Private SectorRepresentatives of Oxfam and Coca ColaDiscussion
Duncan Pruett
18.30 UhrDinner
19.30 UhrInformal talks at Tutzing Castle
Freitag, 13. Februar 2015
07.45 UhrWe are Living from the Fruits of the EarthMorning prayer in the chapel – an invitation
Dr. Martin Held
09.00 UhrRecap of Parallel Working Groups on Framework for Monitoring and ReviewPresentation of reworked input papers
10.00 UhrAchieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda Related to Soil and LandPanel with:
Dr. Luca Montanarella / Edson Nyingi (tbc) / Isabella Pagotto (tbc) / Repres. DG DevCo (tbc)Opening panel to the plenary
12.15 UhrConcluding Remarks and Farewell
12.30 UhrLunch - End of Conference


Speakers & Steering Committee
Isis Alvarez, Global Forrest Coalition (tbc) (CO)
Christoph Bals, Director of Policital Affairs, German Watch, Bonn (D)
Debora Bossio, Center for Intern. Tropical Agriculture, Nairobi (tbc) (KE)
Michael Brander, Biovision – Foundation for Ecological Development, Zurich (CH) and the Millenium Institute, Washington DC (USA)
Dorothee Braun, German Council on Sustainable Development, Berlin (D)
Dr. Christine Chemnitz, Heinich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin (D)
Dr. Knut Ehlers, German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), Dessau-Rosslau (D)
Dr. Martin Held, Protestant Academy Tutzing (D)
Hans R. Herren, President Biovision Foundation and the Millennium Institute, Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award 2013 (“Alternative Nobel Prize”), Washington DC (USA) and Zurich (CH)
Prof. Z. R. Kahn, Principal Scientist, ICIPE, Kenia (KE)
Ivonne Lobos, IASS Potsdam (D)
Dr. Luca Montanarella, European Commission – Joint Research Centre, ISPRA, European Soil Bureau and Chairman FAO Intergovernmental
Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), Ispra (I)
Edson Nyingi, Care International Tanzania, Arusha (tbc) (TZ)
Isabella Pagotto, Sectoral Foreign Policies, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern (tbc) (CH)
Duncan Pruett, Oxfam International, Amsterdam (tbc) (NL)
Jonathan Reeves, International Institute for Environment and Development, London (tbc) (UK)
Robert Sabiiti, FAO Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and Agriculture Attachee, Embassy Republic of Uganda, Rome (UG)
Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Deputy Director-General, BMZ Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (D)
DI Christian Steiner, Chairman European Land and Soil Alliance (ELSA) and Head of Department of Rural Development, Government of Lower Austria, St. Poelten (A)
Prof. Dr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – IASS Potsdam and former Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (D)
Dr. Jes Weigelt, Coordinator Global Soil Forum, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – IASS Potsdam (D)
Christine von Weizsäcker, Representative Women in Rio+20 process, Emmendingen (D)

Preise & Informationen

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Participation costs
The costs for the conference are
participation fee only € 70.–
meals only (without accommodation and breakfast) € 61.–
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– in a single room € 117.–
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– in a double as single room € 183.–
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