Land-use change and land degradation are causing critical damage to land systems. This is impacting the people and animals who depend on that land, as well as contributing significantly to climate change.

What the hub is working on
The land hub is drafting interim guidance for companies on land conversion and degradation. This guidance will outline how companies can delineate the boundaries of their supply chains. It will also specify actions they can take to eliminate and mitigate any conversion or degradation of native ecosystems caused by their actions or business relationships.

The land hub is also engaged in several pilot processes to develop science-based targets for land. Unlike carbon dioxide, the issues that affect land are place-based. The land hub is closely monitoring several ongoing efforts to determine the effectiveness and potential of developing land targets through emergent, consensus-building workshops that use target-setting objectives to align local conditions with the best available science.

To ensure that the land hub can incorporate the most salient scientific knowledge it will work with the Earth Commission’s scientists to advance and pilot target-setting strategies.

How to get involved
There are several options for companies and cities looking to engage with the work of the land hub while both interim and resultant land targets are developed. A first step is to become familiar with the vocabulary and recommendations of the landmark climate and biodiversity reports released in 2019 (IPCC SR 1.5, IPCC SRCCL and IPBES Global Assessment). Companies and cities may then articulate the materiality of these planetary changes to their operations, policies and business relationships – many of which they may not have considered before. These can extend beyond city boundaries and supply chains to include changes in human resources due to temperature extremes and more frequent and intense weather events, for example.

You may like to consider joining the land hub to:

  • support target development and outreach.
  • participate in a thematic target-setting advisory group, which is currently in a conceptual phase.
  • get involved with the landscape assessments and regional target setting workshops for one of the pilot projects that will inform the development of land targets.

Contact Marielena Alcaraz at malcaraz@conservation.org for a list of active piloting geographies or to express your interest in getting involved.

Resources

With a good idea of how land transformation and occupation is material to your business, coupled with a robust supply chain/value chain map, your company will be well positioned to contribute to the science-based target setting process. The following resources will get you started.

 

For more information contact Marielena Alcaraz at malcaraz@conservation.org

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