TRANSFORMING UNSUSTAINABLE LAND-USE MANAGEMENT

25 September 2019 - 00:00 - 00:00
Introduction

Nature plays a critical role in offering ecosystem services worth an estimated $125tn: biodiversity, regulating the water cycle, storing and filtering water, producing food and fuel, natural recycling of waste, eliminating pollutants and storing CO2. It is also our key ally to mitigate climate change. The upcoming Special Report of the IPCC, looking at how climate change affects land use, will demonstrate clearly that we are reaching planetary boundaries. Immediate action is required, as the disconnect remains high and the social and economic benefits lands and forests generate are undervalued. Europe should develop policy coherence for global prosperity and security, create awareness of the power of nature in carbon sequestration.


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Topics

After 20 years of negotiations, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement to limit global warming well below 2°C above pre-industrial level by the end of the century. The focus now moves to design and implementation, and success will depend on the support and contribution of all – including industries, member-states, regions, cities and citizens.
 

Programme
12:30-13:00

Networking lunch and registration of participants

13:00-14:00

Nature plays a critical role in offering ecosystem services worth an estimated $125tn: biodiversity, regulating the water cycle, storing and filtering water, producing food and fuel, natural recycling of waste, eliminating pollutants and storing CO2. It is also our key ally to mitigate climate change. The upcoming Special Report of the IPCC, looking at how climate change affects land use, will demonstrate clearly that we are reaching planetary boundaries. In the last 150 years alone, 50% of the top soil on the planet has been lost and projections suggest this will only increase due to large-scale industrial farming, climate change, deforestation and urbanisation. 

We are intrinsically dependent on land for the services it provides. As countries lose their topsoil and forests, they eventually lose the capacity to feed themselves. When looking for solutions, soil biodiversity, sustainable land-use management and reforestation are key in restoring the balance. As the disconnect remains high and the social and economic benefits that lands and forests generate are undervalued, immediate action is required. Europe should develop policy coherence for global prosperity and security, create awareness of the power of nature.

  • What lessons from the latest report of the IPCC can the EU adopt to avoid unsustainable land-use management?
  • Is Europe proving responsible in developing policy coherence to ensure nature around the world is better preserved?
  • Will European companies and civil society organisations develop a common approach to emphasize the vital role of sustainable land-use management and reforestation?


 

Registration

Raphaël Danglade, Programme Manager for Climate and Energy at Friends of Europe
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 10
Email: raphael.danglade@friendsofeurope.org

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Event starts
25 September
2019
00:00