Land is fundamental to our lives. We use it to grow food for ourselves and feed for livestock. We use it for forests that absorb carbon dioxide and yield timber. We benefit from its ability to store water and cool the air. And last but not least, we live and work on it.
For farmers and forest owners it is crucial to have a reliable framework for long-term operational planning that offers them economically viable prospects for deploying greener production methods. And this can’t be funding that is suddenly dropped after three years due to shifting political priorities. The instruments discussed in this paper need to be embedded in a long-term, coherent framework with clear objectives.