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Mapping ‘Life on Land’: Methodological improvements for assessing land use implications from achieving SDG 15

  • 8 December, 2023
  • 13:45
  • VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
  • Prof. P.H. Verburg
  • Dr. Ž. Malek

The thesis provides methods and data to close persisting knowledge gaps for estimating future land system changes and spatial implications of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 15. With forest being an integral part of the goal, they are also an important focus of this thesis. The chapters present a mapping approach of different forest uses and classes, a biodiversity analysis considering future changes in forest uses and wood harvest, a land system model for a land degradation neutral future, and an estimate of the impacts of climatic changes on future suitability of highly productive forest plantations. Together, the chapters emphasize the role of forest management for a sustainable future, the importance to go beyond forest cover in land system models and the need to understand the consequences of wood harvest and tree-planting in global commitments and negative emission pathways.

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