The New Climate Economy Report

The Global Commission, which is headed by the former President of Mexico and includes former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, in its membership, has set out a ten point Global Action Plan for growth in a low carbon economy.

Point three of the Plan is titled "Land Use: Protecting Food, Forests and People" and highlights agriculture as a top priority for economic and climate policy globally, particularly in developing countries.

The report gives nine recommendations for supply side land use including:

  • increasing research funding into high yield and resilient agriculture options, carbon sequestration value assessment and climate-smart agriculture;
  • increasing in funding for climate change adaptation; and
  • improving soil and water management to assist with the restoration of degraded agricultural land.

Demand side and forestry recommendations include reducing post-harvest food loss/waste, phasing out biofuel production that competes with land requirements for food production, elimination of deforestation, restoration of degraded forests and increased investment by developed countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

Additional reporting will follow including country specific information and working papers.

Read the full Land Use section
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