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Global Land Use and Sustainability (GLOBALANDS)


Global Land Use and Sustainability (GLOBALANDS)


The pressure on land and natural resources is increasing worldwide. While there are many sectoral policies tackling different environmental problems, land use is not regulated in an integrated and overarching way. The discussion on sustainable biofuels and biomass highlights the continued lack of an effective and innovative framework to deal with complex land-use issues. The aim of the GLOBALANDS project is to identify existing land use policies and develop possible governance tools towards a more resource efficient and sustainable global land use.

In a first step, the project team assesses past and current land use patterns by sector in order to identify the driving forces and trends behind (major historical) changes in global land use. In parallel, a governance screening is undertaken to gain an overview of land use planning approaches on international and EU levels as well as in selected countries. Both governmental and non-governmental approaches are screened and best practice examples are identified.

Based on this analysis and through a close interaction with relevant international institutions, the project team will develop conceptual and strategic suggestions for potential approaches towards a global sustainable land use standard, as well as, regulation tools, and other instruments.

Within the GLOBALANDS project Ecologic Institute leads the work on governance screening and the formulation of policy recommendations.

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Stephanie Wunder
Lucy Olivia Smith
Elena Hofmann
Johanna von Toggenburg
Project ID
land use, natural resources, agriculture, forestry, biomass, bioenergy, sustainability standard, governance, trade, investment, voluntary guidelines, diets, food waste
Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa, Oceania, global, Argentina, Germany, Brasil, Australia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cuba, India, Niger, Kenya, Bolivia