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Addressing climate change, deforestation and conversion through landscape and jurisdictional approaches – experiences from the ground

  • COP 23 WWF Pavillion Bonn Germany (map)

Land use change from agricultural and urban expansion is transforming ecosystems
around the globe – from Indonesian and Malaysian rainforest, to Colombian tropical
grasslands and Paraguayan wetlands – with profound negative implications for climate
change, biodiversity and rural economies.
Net greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, land use change and forestry generate
approximately 25 % of global emissions. Forests and savannas are significant carbon sinks
and are a critical component of a healthy global carbon cycle. Slowing the current rate of
forest and savanna conversion by forestry and agriculture is a key strategy for achieving
Nationally Determined Contributions.
WWF is a key actor in many climate focused jurisdictional approaches that aim to limit
the conversion of natural ecosystems by forestry and agriculture. With origins in Reducing
Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) and landscape approaches, our
jurisdictional projects seek to align public and private stakeholders around shared goals
of conservation and sustainable development.
This event will demonstrate the range of climate focused jurisdictional approaches that
are occurring in Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia, Malaysia and Indonesia. Our five speakers
will support an important discussion on the future of jurisdictional approaches, and the
role they can play in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions