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2 September 2019

Climate change and land

In August 2019 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, released the Special Report on Climate Change and Land. The report provides a global assessment of climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. In this seminar you will learn directly from the IPCC authors about the panel’s findings of how land-use, such as agriculture and forestry, and climate change interact.

Photo: Water Alternatives / Flickr.

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Life on land provides much of our food, energy, and materials we use to satisfy our needs. However, terrestrial ecosystems are deeply impacted by a changing climate. At the same time, functioning terrestrial ecosystems are key for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The challenges are many, complicated and huge, which also 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 of the 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, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • 14:00 Global Perspectives on the Implications of the report. Reflections from Ivonne Lobos Alba, Research Fellow, SEI Latin America and May Thazin Aung, Research Associate, SEI Asia.
  • 14:10 Panel discussion: how do we address the challenges identified in the report? Maria van Berlekom, Lead Policy Specialist, Sida, Stockholm, Uwe Fritsche, International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS), Fellow of KSLA, Marie Stenseke, University of Gothenburg and IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Group, Fellow of KSLA
  • 14:55 Conclusions
  • 15:00 Coffee

Watch the live stream via this link!


From 2 September 2019 at 13:00 to 2 September 2019 at 15:00


KSLA, Drottninggatan 95 B.