Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply

Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply

Authors: Stefan Bringezu, Helmut Schütz, Walter Pengue, Meghan O´Brien, Fernando Garcia, Ralph Sims, Robert W. Howarth, Lea Kauppi, Mark Swilling, Jeffrey Herrick

Publication date: 2014

Abstract:

Global cropland is expanding. Changing trends in both the production and consumption of land-based products are increasing pressure on land resources across the globe. This report discusses the need and options to balance consumption with sustainable production. It focuses on land-based products (food, fuels and fibre) and describes methods which enable countries to determine whether their consumption levels exceed sustainable supply
capacities. Strategies and measures are outlined which will allow adjusting the policy framework to balance consumption with these capacities.

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