From the sky down: Managing land use and soils towards net zero emissions



Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Time: Tuesday, 25. January 2022, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Languages: English, German

Achieving net-zero carbon emissions and limiting global temperature increases to 2 °C this century will not be possible without augmenting the world’s terrestrial carbon sinks. This will require private and public policy efforts to maintain these sinks and to remove additional CO2 from the atmosphere through the sequestration of carbon in the world’s soils and vegetation on agricultural land, forests and other lands. Governments are increasingly interested in designing land use and soil conservation policies to enhance carbon sinks, but face the challenge of designing policy packages that are coherent with wider objectives for food systems, which include ensuring food security. This panel will highlight the potential of several key land use management options to build and maintain soil carbon stocks and discuss how policies can help in their uptake without affecting other public objectives.

In particular, it will seek answers from invited experts to the following questions:

  • What sustainable land use and soil management options could help sequester carbon effectively?
  • How can policymakers ensure these options are compatible with wider food systems objectives?
  • Are there particular high-potential, low-cost hotspots that policymakers should be paying attention to?
  • What policies would be needed to change current farming and food production practices to improve their contribution to carbon sequestration?

Panel Guests

Panel guests will be announced soon

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