If agricultural land is deemed ‘climate smart’ it builds food security and addresses climate change simultaneously. Agricultural land owners practice soil, nutrient and water management at the farm level to increase food yields and sustain livelihood. At the same time, the land increases its resilience to climate change while reducing emissions and even removing greenhouse gases from the air above it.
Climate smart landscapes…
1. Have biodiversity, efficient land cover and use
– Not only do these landscapes produce crops, they also incorporate climate-smart forests, livestock production, habitat preservation and ecosystem restoration.
2. Allow all parties involved with the land to help make decisions
– This brings all parties involved with the land together to negotiate planning and practices. Stakeholders include water officials, herders, commercial farmers, etc.
3. Harness synergies and minimize trade-offs
– Stakeholders working together helps to coordinate adaptation and mitigation without negatively affecting each other. For example, upstream farmers would no longer inhibit downstream farmers.
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