Land use and forests within international climate policy – global and local possibilities and risks
Research Project , 2012 – 2014

This research project aims to study forestry and land use issues and the role they play in international climate policy. The project will consist of three areas of investigation that complement each other and contribute to obtaining a more comprehensive picture of the subject. The three elements will in turn contain a number of components that contribute to illuminating them from different angles. The areas for research are: 1. Analysis of indirect land use change in a time of growing demand for land a. Leakage related to forest conserving activities such as REDD+ b. Risks and opportunities related to the expansion of biofuel production 2. Analysis of REDD+, a. Analysis of current REDD+ activities in a global perspective b. c. Development of methodologies for setting reference levels 3. The use of marginal and degraded lands and multifunctional land use strategies The development of international climate policy has caused a growing interdependence between these issues and the need for a broad, multi-sectorial landscape perspective is becoming more pressing. In international climate policy, issues of bioenergy production and forest conservation have come to represent two sides of the same coin. Handling this entanglement requires relevant methodologies and functioning institutions for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). The project will build on and expand earlier knowledge and research on this subject, conducted by the participating researchers.


Göran Berndes (contact)

Professor vid Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory


University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden


Swedish Energy Agency

Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2014

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