Land-use change (LUC) and the loss of prime habitats is a significant global concern. The loss of habitats has a negative impact on biodiversity and also results in significant losses of carbon to the atmosphere.

Project background

In 2010, the Welsh Government was committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 3% per annum and an overall target to cut all emissions by 40% by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels). In 2010 the Land Use Climate Change Group (LUCCG) set out a series of recommendations to achieve emissions reduction in the agriculture and land-use sectors. However, these sectors showed an increase in emissions of 1.2% in 2011.

Given this and the start of a new Rural Development Plan (RDP) for the period to 2020, the Welsh Government commissioned an ADAS led consortium to review climate change emissions and adaptation in the agriculture and land-use sectors.

Actions taken

ADAS undertook a desk-based review of the recommendations from the 2010 LUCCG report which included:

  • Reviewed GHG inventory changes to consider how this might affect the emissions delivery plan for the sector
  • Undertook a review of the risks presented by climate change to inform the adaptation response
  • Consulted with relevant policy and industry stakeholders in Wales
  • Provided a pragmatic analysis to inform coherent and effective policy

Results

ADAS provided evidence-based priority action recommendations to address climate change mitigation and adaptation in the agriculture, land use and wider foodchain sectors in Wales. Our review has been published on the Welsh Government website.

Contact for more information

To learn more, contact Charles Ffoulkes charles.ffoulkes@adas.co.uk, or visit our Land use and Land-use Change webpage.