Land Use

Land use is an important solution for resolving the emission reduction challenge. The thematic area covers forestry with a pre-2020 potential ranging from 1.3 to 4.2 Gt CO2 eq and agriculture with a potential ranging from 1.1 to 4.3 Gt CO2 eq. There are significant low-cost opportunities in agriculture, forestry and other land use related activities that link food security, environmental sustainability, local climate adaptation needs and socioeconomic development into a coherent package. 


The technical expert meetings examine good practice policy options and technologies, and ways to increase the financial flows for implementation.



Policy Options

The policy options represent one of the key outcomes of the technical examination process and highlight replicable and scalable good practices, approaches and technologies with significant mitigation potential, which could be tapped in the period up to 2020 in many countries across the world. 

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Virtual Expo Links

The Virtual Expo showcases many relevant initiatives and projects submitted by Parties and observer organizations as well as video and printed materials related to the examined thematic areas. The Expo demonstrates a wealth of climate action implemented by different actors and stakeholders.

Virtual Expo Link

International Cooperation

International cooperation plays a critical role in advancing global climate change agenda and addressing new challenges and opportunities. Multiple collaborative success stories are inspiring action around the world showcasing enormous potential for enhanced cooperation at local, regional, national and global levels. The technical examination process brought together a number of international organizations, partnerships and initiatives working on advancing climate action in the examined thematic areas.

Leading international organizations and partnerships:

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations views climate change as central to its goal of eliminating hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, assists countries in monitoring climate change effects on livestock, provides early warnings in various climatic zones, and advises on adapting livestock policies. FAO is also involved in the implementation of the UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and in Climate-Smart Agriculture activities together with other United Nations and partner organizations.

Technical Paper

The technical papers prepared under the technical examination process demonstrate mitigation benefits of policies, practices and technologies showcasing the best practices and success stories in the examined thematic areas.

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