Our lands have sustained us over millennia. We live on the land. We
get food and energy from the land. And it's where we build our cities,
our culture, and our way of life. It is clear that our lands are already
providing us with plenty, but they can do more.
report looks at how society can make different choices about we how use
our lands. We can simply continue to expand the amount of land we
convert and use – whether forests, grasslands or wetlands. This is the
business-as-usual paradigm. Or we can look at the trade-offs between
environment and development in a different way, using science to inform
where development and conservation can work in harmony and help us to
make better decisions – to help our lands do more.
The choices we
make in the next generation or two will determine whether our lands will
continue to sustain us over millennia to come. The consequences of the
decisions and choices we make could not be more important.