Pathways for Food and Land Use Systems to Contribute to Global Biodiversity Targets

24 03 22

This brief examines the impacts of food and land use systems on biodiversity in 20 countries and assesses the attainability of three Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework targets under two scenarios. It finds that if we continue with business as usual, we will leave the world far off track for achieving all three, while a more sustainable pathway would significantly accelerate progress on meeting critical biodiversity targets proposed by the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD).  Human activities such as logging of forests and agricultural expansion and intensification, are responsible for rapidly increasing rates of species loss everywhere. The brief outlines actions to promote healthier diets, increase crop and livestock productivity, and points to limiting agricultural expansion as the strongest drivers of positive change in global biodiversity. It also highlights the many climate, nutrition and food security co-benefits that such actions could deliver.

Pathways for Food and Land Use Systems to Contribute to Global Biodiversity Targets

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This brief examines the impacts of food and land use systems on biodiversity in 20 countries and assesses the attainability of three Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework targets under two scenarios. It finds that if we continue with business as usual, we will leave the world far off track for achieving all three, while a more sustainable pathway would significantly accelerate progress on meeting critical biodiversity targets proposed by the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD).  Human activities such as logging of forests and agricultural expansion and intensification, are responsible for rapidly increasing rates of species loss everywhere. The brief outlines actions to promote healthier diets, increase crop and livestock productivity, and points to limiting agricultural expansion as the strongest drivers of positive change in global biodiversity. It also highlights the many climate, nutrition and food security co-benefits that such actions could deliver.

Key messages

Key figures

56

of the global land surface is occupied by areas where natural processes predominate, but just 20% of this area is protected.

200

Million

hectares of biodiversity rich land will be lost by 2050 if current production and consumption patterns continue.

14

increase in the area of land where biodiversity thrives is projected by 2050 if ambitious actions are taken to transform food and land use systems.

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