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Climate Change and Land Report Highlights Importance of Sustainable Land Management

Climate Change and Land, a report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says that fundamental changes in land management can mitigate and help ecosystems cope with a changing climate. The report reveals how climate change, land management, and global food security interact with each other, creating complex feedback loops. “Sustainable land management can contribute to reducing the negative impacts of multiple stressors, including climate change, on ecosystems and societies,” note the report authors. In particular, the report says that wholistic, nature-based solutions, such as agroforestry, reforestation, and afforestation programs, can reduce land degradation and act as carbon sinks. The report highlights the need for individuals, communities, corporations, and governments to take action, stressing that the longer we wait, the more severe the risks.