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The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action

The report “Missing pathways to 1.5°C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action”, by the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance, assesses greenhouse gas mitigation pathways that use “low-risk” land-based solutions that protect natural ecosystems and respect human rights. The report aims to provide an alternative to the IPCC’s mitigation pathways, many of which rely on mitigation approaches such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

The report concludes that land rights are key to ecosystem protection and calls for an end to deforestation, an agroecological approach to food production and the equitable reduction of consumption, particularly of animal products.

Read more here, download the full report here (PDF link) and download the executive summary here (PDF link).

See also the Foodsource resource What is food security? and the posts How use of land in pursuit of 1.5C could impact biodiversity and Land-based negative emissions technologies.

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