A landscape of soil degradation after the floods, Malawi.
Photo: ©FAO/Luca Sola 

12.08.2019

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Land is under pressure from humans and climate change, but it is also part of the solution, the latest IPCC report states. Better land management can contribute to tackling climate change. Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from all sectors, including land and food, is essential if global warming is to be kept well below 2°C, if not 1.5°C.

Land is a critical resource, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated in its Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) published on 8 August 2019. According to the Panel, keeping global warming to well below 2°C can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors, including land and food. At the same time, land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. 

An overall focus on sustainability coupled with early action offers the best chances to tackle climate change, the authors say.

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