Laudato Si' Common Care for Our Common Home Francis of Assisi Academy for Planetary Health
Laudato Si' Common Care for Our Common Home    Francis of Assisi Academy for Planetary Health

Rethinking Land 

"Healthy land is finite, but changes in consumer and corporate behaviors, combined with better land use planning and management, can help meet the demand for essential goods and services without compromising land resources. This report presents a clear path toward climate change mitigation, ecosystem protection and food systems sustainability through better land management." Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary der United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)"

"Land is the basis of human life. With climate change, the mass extinction of biological diversity and an often dysfunctional food system, we are experiencing three colliding global crises that are directly linked to the way we manage land. Yet the land and its biologically productive ecosystems are under more pressure than ever before.

 

This is the starting point of the present report: Which strategies for managing terrestrial ecosystems are most suitable for defusing the existing competition between different forms of land use while simultaneously ensuring climate-change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and food security? How can transformative change towards sustainable land use be promoted and which actors need to be mobilized and become involved? " 

Five governance strategies for a solidarity-based land stewardship

1. Support change agents 

 

2. Set political framework conditions for solidaritybased land stewardship

 

3. Tackle land-use transformation in the European Union

 

4. Strengthen international cooperation and coordination with a focus on land 

 

5. Establish new cooperation alliances for the global land-use transformation

Report Summary: Rethinking Land in the Anthropocene
Only if there is a fundamental change in the way we manage land can we reach the targets of climate-change mitigation, avert the dramatic loss of biodiversity and make the global food system sustainable. The WBGU proposes five multiple-benefit strategies illustrating ways of overcoming competition between rival claims to the use of land. These should be promoted by five
governance strategies, especially by setting suitable framework conditions, reorienting EU policy and establishing alliances of like-minded states.
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