Transforming unsustainable land-use management

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Transforming unsustainable land-use management

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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.

This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.


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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?
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