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Towards Sustainable Land Use
Aligning Biodiversity, Climate and Food Policies
Land use is central to many of the environmental and socio-economic issues facing
society today. This report examines on-going challenges for aligning land-use policy
with climate, biodiversity and food objectives, and the opportunities to enhance the
sustainability of land-use systems. It looks at six countries – Brazil, France, Indonesia,
Ireland, Mexico and New Zealand – with relatively large agricultural and forestry
sectors and associated greenhouse gas emissions, many of which also host globally
important biodiversity. Drawing on these countries’ relevant national strategies and
plans, institutional co-ordination and policy instruments, the report provides good
practice insights on how to better align land use decision-making processes and to
achieve stronger coherence between land use, climate, ecosystems and food objectives.
Published on March 11, 2020Also available in: French
Land use is central to many of the environmental and socio-economic issues facing society today. Understanding how to feed global populations, while tackling the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change is, therefore, a key question for policy makers.
How can governments align national strategies to achieve sustainable land use?What institutional arrangements foster coherent policy making in the nexus of land use, climate, biodiversity and food? What policy instruments can be used to create sustainable land use systems?
On 18 February, Will Symes and Katia Karousakis of the OECD Environment Directorate discussed how to align policy making for sustainable land use. The talk highlighted findings from the above OECD report published on the same day.