European GLP Nodal Office
The focus of GLP is largely "land-centric" which includes the people, biota, and natural resources (air, water, plants, animals, and soil). The strategy presented here critically emphasizes changes in the coupled human and environmental system. The research planning builds upon the extensive heritage of IGBP I global networks of scientists, data, and largely disciplinary understanding, particularly from the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) project and the Land Use/Cover Change (LUCC) project. Their heritage forms some basic components of the evolving integrative science of IGBP II and strongly promotes the linkage with the research approaches of the IHDP. In addition, during the past decade the value of critical assessments of global change science has proven to be essential in providing timely information to decision makers. Our research strategy will provide research support for the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in the coming decade.
The European GLP Nodal Office is based on the partner platform "European Land use Institute (ELI)", which is coordinated at and currently hosted by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn. ZEF provides through its expertise in development research an ideal meeting point for land use related questions in Europe and at international scale.