Land & Water

SOLAW21: Sustainable, Scalable and Dynamic Solutions in land and water management towards Food System Transformation

UN Food Summit Science Days Side Event - Wednesday 7 July 2021 - 10:00 -11:30 (CEST)


In the preparation of the upcoming FAO flagship report on the State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW21), a well-known assessment framework using the DPSIR (driver, pressure, state, impact and responses) shows how to address the challenges of scarcity of water and degradation of land and soil resources, that threaten our food security. 

A focus on prioritized actions through carefully designed responses must be effective and that fully considers potential trade-offs and synergies between agriculture and other ecosystem services, as well as appropriate investments in sustainable land, soil and water management to mitigate and adapt to climate change and natural resource degradation. 


Over 300 individuals and partners contributed to the preparation and realization of SOLAW21. 

In this side event, SOLAW 2021 Contributors speak on land, soil and water linkages.

We also hear from FAO Regional and Decentralized Officers who facilitated inputs from the field through the DPSIR Framework key questions and findings, along with partners from the Philippines on how the SOLAW 2021 data and information can bring new knowledge and focus on priority response actions, and whether they need to be  scaled up for further investments. 

This side event also hopes to spark discussions on the need for simple and friendly tools at the local, regional and global levels that can bring us together in finding common solutions.

The event is in English with French interpretation available.

Agenda - 7 July 2021, 10:00-11:30 (CEST)

Opening Remarks

Sasha KooOshima, Deputy Director, FAO Land and Water Division

The Role of SOLAW 

Feras Ziadat, Technical Officer and SOLAW21 Coordinator, FAO Land and Water Division

Identifying Scalable and Sustainable Responses,

Anik Bhaduri, Director, Sustainable Water Future Programme, Future Earth; Associate Professor, Griffith University & Expert Consultant, FAO Land and Water Division

Key challenge areas in Land, Water and Soil Management with insights from Philippine’s perspectives

Pablo M. Montalla, Director, Bureau of Soil and Water Management, Department of Agriculture, Philippines

Panel Discussion - Regional and Country Perspectives on the State of land water and soil and key challenge areas to address land, water and soil problems in an integrated manner

Topics for discussion

  • How SOLAW-21 reflects regional  and country challenges in land and water degradation
  • What are the added value of the SOLAW
  • What  is the crucial Role of Data, information on land, water and soil to support Sustainable Food Systems
  • How can we address “Value”: a missing element in our Systems Thinking

Moderator: Feras Ziadat, FAO

Panel members:

  • Olcay Unver, Professor, Arizona State University
  • Yuji Ninno, Land Management Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Eugene Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer, FAO Subregional Office for West Africa
  • Patricia Ann Sanchez, Professor of Agricultural Engineering, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)
  • Adelflor Garcia, Professor, University of Southern Mindanao
  • Mai Alagcan, Country Manager Philippines, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Closing remarks

Feras Ziadat, FAO