Business models and stakeholder involvement for sustainable land use management in the Nordics

07 Nov 2017

From small-scale peri-urban initiatives to technical innovation within remote sensing

7 November | 15:00 – 16:30

Nordic Pavilion

During this session, we will discuss how new business models for sustainable land use are central to developing long-term profitability and sustainability in land use management.

Other questions are related to how partnerships and stakeholder involvement between different sectors in the society can develop more sustainable land use for synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation as well as increased resilience. Project initiatives from the Nordics will be presented. This includes a Swedish case study on peri-urban multifunctional sustainable land use where micro-enterprises lease land from the municipality in several cities. Results show that an incubator where micro-enterprises receive valuable business support is key to these initiatives’ success.

Another project focuses on financial innovation powered by advances within remote sensing that opens for new tools to monitor how farmland quality and productivity develops over time. This gives farmers, mortgage institutions and farmland investors new tools to develop the productivity and value of land and to evaluate risk profiles associated with investments and loans in farmland. The similarities between the projects presented during the session include innovation in terms of business models and stakeholder involvement and new forms of partnerships.


Anna Ternell, Senior Sustainability Advisor COWI


Bodil Elmqvist, PhD, Senior Sustainability Advisor COWI, Peri-urban multifunctional sustainable land-use: urban farming trend meets traditional peri-urban land-use

Morten Jastrup, Sustainable Business Advisor: Financial Instruments to Incentivize Soil Quality and Soil Carbon Storage