A Rights-Based Approach to Land Use
Negotiations are currently underway for a new global climate agreement, in which all countries will commit to limiting greenhouse gas emissions to try and prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
In many places, climate change is already impacting land and land use, with reduced food production among the earliest and most far-reaching consequences. Projections around the intensity and frequency of these impacts suggest that they will only worsen. Overall, impacts on land and ecosystems have a disproportionate effect on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, who are often directly or indirectly reliant on natural resources for daily survival. How the land sector is included in a future climate deal will therefore be crucial, both for ensuring effective mitigation, and for protecting human rights, food security, and biodiversity.
EIA and partner CIEL (Center for International Environmental Law) have published a briefing on a rights-based approach to land use in a future climate agreement, recognizing the critical role of adaptation for sustainable, long term climate solutions that produce equitable responses while protecting biodiversity and rights.