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The Global Land Squeeze: Managing the Growing Competition for Land

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In this report, WRI researchers explore how rising demand for food, wood and shelter is squeezing land that’s needed for storing carbon and protecting biodiversity. This research uses new modeling to give a true global picture of the carbon opportunity costs for land use and proposes a four-pronged approach–produce, protect, reduce, restore–for sustainably managing the world’s finite land.
Competition for land is heating up as a growing global population increases demand for food, wood and shelter – putting a squeeze on land that is needed to store carbon and provide habitats for biodiversity.
By 2050, this research projects that land twice the size of India will be converted for agriculture, and land the size of the continental United States will be needed to meet the increasing demand for wood.
Land, Forests, Carbon, 2050, Food and Nutrition, Food Security, Agricultural Commodity, Agriculture and Forestry, Agrifood
Country of publication: 
United States
Publication date: 
Thursday, July 20, 2023
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