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Climate change and land

In August 2019 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the Special Report on Climate Change and Land. The report will provide a global assessment of climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.

Together with KSLA, SMHI, Chalmers, Focali, IEA Bioenergy, and SIANI, we invite you to a public seminar where we will learn directly from IPCC authors about the panel’s findings of how land use (such as agriculture and forestry) and climate change interact.

Photo: Jose Antonio Alba / Flickr.

2 September 2019
Stockholm, Sweden and Online

KSLA, Drottninggatan 95 B

Life on land provides much of the food, energy, and materials we use to satisfy our needs, yet terrestrial ecosystems are deeply impacted by a changing climate. Functioning terrestrial ecosystems are also key for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The challenges are many, complicated and huge; which the IPBES report on biodiversity (released in May 2019) emphasized. IPBES identified land use change as the greatest driver of losses in terrestrial ecosystem diversity and functionality; while climate change is the third greatest driver, but of growing importance.

Some questions to be addressed by the scientists and the panel reflecting on the report are: What are the implications of the IPCC report for sustainable land-use and management of terrestrial ecosystems globally and in Sweden? What choices are we confronted with? How can we meet the expected increasing biomass demand for food, energy, and materials while adapting to and mitigating climate change? What do we know about regional differences in how land use and climate interact? Are there solutions that may meet the double challenges of climate change and degradation of terrestrial ecosystems?


Moderator: Lovisa Hagberg, Senior Policy Adviser, WWF SE, a fellow of KSLA

12:30 Registration

13:00 Welcome

  • Göran Örlander, Chair KSLA’s Committee on Climate and Land-Use until 2030, Fellow of KSLA

13:10 IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land: background and overview

  • Markku Rummukainen, Professor, Sweden’s IPCC Focal Point, SMHI, Fellow of KSLA

13:30 Climate change and land degradation: impacts and responses

  • Annette Cowie, Principal Research Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries and Professor, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Australia

13:45 Risk management and decision-making in relation to sustainable development

  • Francis X. Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, SEI

14:00 Global perspectives on the implications of the report

Speakers to be confirmed

14:10 Panel discussion: how do we address the challenges identified in the report?

  • Uwe Fritsche, International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS), Madeleine Fogde, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Fellow of KSLA, Marie Stenseke, University of Gothenburg and IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Group, Fellow of KSLA

14:55 Conclusions

15:00 Coffee

How to register

Sign up for the event through the KSLA website.

Register now

SEI experts at the event

Francis X. Johnson
Francis X. Johnson

Senior Research Fellow

SEI Asia

Madeleine Fogde
Madeleine Fogde

Senior Project Manager

SEI Headquarters

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