Ensuring zero agriculture land expansion on high-carbon landscapes

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This session seeks to explore the drivers behind conversion of forest to agriculture and what leads to the conversion of agricultural land to forest.

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The land use sector is the second largest source of emission in South East Asia and also presents unique opportunities for reducing the magnitude of climate change. The loss of carbon stocks through agricultural land-use change is a key driver of greenhouse gas emissions  and the methods used to manage agricultural land will have major impacts on the global climate in the 21st  century. The agriculture and forestry sector can mitigate climate impacts on land, and secure livelihoods in  rural areas in the process.  

The proposed session titled “Ensuring zero agriculture land expansion on high-carbon landscapes”, will focus on how sustainable agricultural productivity can enable us to meet global food needs up to 2050, without requiring further conversion of high-carbon forests, peatlands and grasslands. The session will also focus on policies to effectively regulate market demand, and location and expansion of commodity crops and livestock production ensure food security while avoiding loss of high-carbon landscapes.
Speakers would delibrate on effectively harnessing opportunities for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) through better management and efforts to reduce pressure on the carbon stored in forests, peatlands and wetlands. The session would include a framing presentation followed by an interview/ discussion session with the partners to understand trade-offs and opportunities in mitigating GHGs through better management of carbon stocks through agricultural land-use change.


Amelia Yachya, News Anchor, CNN Indonesia

Keynote presenter:

Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)



Sridhar Gummadi, Science Officer, Southeast Asia Regional Program, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)


Daniel Murdiyarso, Principal Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


Moray McLeish, Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (Olam International)


Astrid Agostini, Coordinator, REDD+/National Forest Monitoring, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)



Where to watch the event

The around-the-world virtual relay event will be live streamed right here on the CCAFS website. You can also watch on our Facebook page, our LinkedIn page, and on our YouTube channel. The livestream will also be accessible through the Whova companion app.


The Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate initiative brings together over 100 partners. See the full list of partners.


More Information

Hosted from: Hanoi, Vietnam
Local time: 14:00 – 14:45 ICT

The event will be livestreamed on our website, watch now.



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