23.08.2019

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The world is best placed to tackle climate change when there is an overall focus on sustainability, a special report by IPCC states. The report shows how managing land resources sustainably can help address climate change.

The report Climate Change and Land, an IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in August 2019, shows that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change, but is not the only solution. 

It sets out options to tackle land degradation and prevent or adapt to further climate change. Moreover, it examines potential impacts from different levels of global warming. The authors point out that keeping global warming to well below 2°C can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors, including land and food.

The report was prepared by 107 experts from 52 countries. This is the first IPCC report in which a majority of the authors (53%) are from developing countries. It will be a key scientific input into forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) in New Delhi, India in September and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, in December.

Climate Change and Land is the second in a series of three Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Cycle.

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