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


List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Executive Summary
Towards sustainable land use: key issues, interactions and trade-offs in the land-use nexus
Data and trends relevant to sustainable land use
Coherence across national strategies and plans for sustainable land use
Institutional co-ordination and coherence for sustainable land use
Policy instruments relevant to sustainable land use
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