A state of play assessment of land use in the international policy response to climate change

As this assessment will show, an extraordinary amount of time, effort and resources have been dedicated to pursuing land based solutions to climate change by both developing and developed countries across the globe. Progress has been made in building capacity and readiness, tools and techniques and principles and partnerships. However, terrestrial carbon is still not coherently part of the international response to climate change - there is no single mechanism to address either the emissions produced by or mitigation potential of land nor is there a concerted effort to coordinate the various responses. This is largely a legacy of the way that different sectors and land uses are covered under different sections of the both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its associated Kyoto Protocol (KP).