2021 was the final year of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) – the culmination of a decade of science and impact. Throughout the year we captured valuable evidence in a series of legacy knowledge products designed to influence future research, planning, policies and investments. A legacy symposium held in December celebrated WLE’s remarkable achievements.
In 2021, we saw the real-world difference made by our flagship projects, and watched solutions unfold at landscape and basin scales. We also saw our research flow into larger processes in a year of international action that included the UN Food Systems Summit and high-stakes meetings of the UN Conventions on Climate Change and Biological Diversity.
WLE participated in all of these, bringing proven solutions to the table. We also helped shape the CGIAR 2030 Research and Innovation Agenda: several new One CGIAR initiatives will build on – and advance – WLE research, including NEXUS Gains: Realizing Benefits across Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems’, ‘Agroecology‘ and the ‘NATURE+‘ initiative on nature-positive solutions. We also worked with other CGIAR Research Programs to propose a future model for assessing integrated systems research.