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How can land deliver all we need?

Land is central to many critical needs, from food security and climate change to cleaner air and water. How can these competing demands be reconciled?

Feeding future generations while avoiding dangerous levels of climate change will increasingly depend on our ability to navigate competing land use priorities – whether in the provision of food and fuels, preserving biodiversity or climate change mitigation.

Identifying viable and sustainable pathways to transform land-based sectors will not be straightforward given the interdependencies of land-related goods and services. A combination of approaches would be needed to realize this transformation and manage the diverging trade-offs. Interventions could include disruptive technologies and business models that change how food is made and reaches customers, along with shaping demand preferences to encourage more sustainable diets.

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