Climate Change Mitigation through Land Use Measures in the Agriculture and Forestry Sectors

By Deborah Murphy, Caroline De Vit, Jean Nolet on May 21, 2009
This paper reviews the status of the post-2012 negotiations on climate change mitigation through land-use measures in the agriculture and forestry sectors. These land-use sectors-agriculture and forestry-can potentially play a large role in the global efforts to address climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, but they are largely excluded from in the current international policy framework. The paper examines why these sectors are important, how these issues are addressed in the current negotiations, and what are some of the major issues and considerations when considering their inclusion in a new climate change agreement. The conclusion puts forward questions that will need to be addressed over 2009 as the world moves closer toward elaborating a post-2012 regime for international action on climate change.

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IISD, 2009