Strategies and challenges for climate change mitigation

Apr 6, 2021

The OECD has published a paper on Policy strategies and challenges for climate change mitigation in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector.

A number of modelling studies have assessed GHG mitigation policies in the agricultural sector, providing useful insights about their effectiveness and their economic impacts on the sector. However, these studies have not included important linkages between agriculture and other land uses and, in particular, the interactions between mitigation policies in the agriculture and Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sectors.

This modelling assessment adds to previous OECD work in this area by addressing the broader question as to how much the AFOLU sector could contribute to achieving the mitigation goals of the Paris Agreement.

To do this, it expands the coverage of mitigation measures and sectors within AFOLU beyond policies targeting non-CO2 emissions in agriculture to include: policies to promote carbon sequestration in forestland and agricultural soils. It also incorporates the impacts of climate change on agriculture.