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Land conservation at an unprecedented scale

Transforming how land is developed, used and conserved has never been more urgent. The impacts of a changing climate coupled with the need to double production of food, fiber and fuel by mid-century will weigh heavily on our forests, grasslands, wetlands and other natural resources. Such unprecedented pressures require unprecedented measures, and simply protecting land is not enough. We must do more to transform how we use and develop all our land-based resources, in partnership with the people who live on those lands. There is a development path that is compatible with healthy landscapes and flourishing communities – and where the power of nature can be fully harnessed for tackling climate change.

Latest Thoughts | Lands

    "The conservation movement has to do more to find solutions that incorporate environmental and societal needs into economic development decisions."

    Justin Adams is Executive Director of the Tropical Forest Alliance (seconded to the TFA from The Nature Conservancy). Previously, Justin served as the Global Managing Director for Lands at The Nature Conservancy, where he led a broad team of Conservancy staff operating at the intersection of global development and environmental challenges, including sustainable agriculture, forests and climate change, smart infrastructure, and indigenous and communal conservation.

    He believes passionately that we have to find new models to balance competing priorities for land including food security, sustainable energy production and sustainable livelihoods, while also conserving and restoring nature to deliver the critical ecosystem services on which all life depends.