Land use

Land Use and Land Use Change

Land is a finite resource. There are conflicting demands for land for use in agriculture and for biodiversity.

Land Use Change

Land-use change (LUC) and the loss of prime habitats, especially high-value habitats such as rainforest is a significant global concern. The loss of these habitats has a negative impact on biodiversity and also results in significant losses of carbon to the atmosphere. Agricultural raw materials such as palm oil, soya, timber and beef can all be produced in regions subject to land-use change. ADAS provides a range of services to help companies understand the LUC risks in their supply chains.

Areas of recent work have included:

  • Supporting strategies to reduce LUC impacts
  • Footprints of LUC risk commodities
  • Identification of opportunities to regenerate degraded land
  • Communicating messages to value chain to support understanding of LUC risks and strategy

Land Use

All crops and livestock products require land for their production. ADAS provides services to assess the area of land required to produce agricultural raw materials. Once land use requirements are identified we can support in identification of ways to reduce land requirements. This might be through sustainable intensification of production, yield enhancement or adjusting sourcing locations. We use a combination of GIS mapping and knowledge of production practices to evaluate changing land use and availability.

Recent work has included assessments of:

  • Land available for biomass production. This project determined what land in the UK could be made available for bioenergy crops.
  • How land use might change in a changing climate
  • Impacts of changing procurement strategies on land use requirements

ADAS can help your organisation develop and implement practical strategies in land use and land-use change, see our key services.

 

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