Thursday, February 13, 2014
PUBLICATION: Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply
A new report from UNEP's International Resource Panel entitled "Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply" was launched on 24 January during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Global cropland is expanding, and changing trends in the production and consumption of land-based products are putting increasing pressure on land resources. In this new assessment, the IRP looks at the impacts that global trends (population growth, urbanisation, and changes in diets and consumption behaviour) have on global land-use dynamics, and considers the consequences for biodiversity; the supply of food, fibres and fuel; and the long-lasting implications for resource security. It discusses the need and options to balance consumption with sustainable production, focusing on land-based products (food, fibre and fuels) and describes methods that enable countries to determine whether their consumption levels exceed sustainable supply capacities.