GLP/IATP Webinar: Mind the Gap! National climate pledges overstep on available land

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 -
8:00pm to 9:00pm
Online, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

Nations, companies, and other institutions are responding to the accelerating climate crisis challenge by making net-zero pledges. But the magnitude of the transformation required has led these net-zero pledges to rely heavily on carbon offsets. Offsets attempt to make good an emission in one place or sector with some kind of carbon (or carbon equivalent) capture elsewhere. Land-based carbon sequestration has become an increasingly common component of net-zero pledges. 

In this webinar, authors of The Land Gap Reportjoin the Global Land Programme (GLP) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) to share their findings that countries’ climate pledges rely on unrealistic amounts of land-based carbon removal. The Land Gap Report, published in 2022, shows that if one tallies up all the land proposed for offsets in national climate plans, the total needed amounts to 1.2 billion hectares, which is equivalent to the total amount of land that is in cropland today. These offset commitments cannot be achieved without significant negative impacts on livelihoods, land rights, and ecosystems.

Join us for a conversation around what a more realistic role for land to play in global climate mitigation could be. We anticipate that the conversation will touch on questions of land availability, competing demands on land, and on land rights, equity and justice.