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ILUC - risks, remedies and regulations

The role of good governance for a sustainable development

The aim of this paper is to illustrate why an increasing biomass demand is of major importance when trying to achieve international climate protection goals. It shows that development goals can be reached by more climate friendly agriculture. The increasing demand for agricultural land is often answered by the conversion of natural land with a high carbon stock. This conversion is hence connected to a great carbon loss causing high greenhouse gas emissions. This increase in production has therefore to be examined critically.

As such land use changes can occur not only direct but also indirect (indirect land use change, ILUC) legal regulations and instruments are necessary to reduce ILUC and support climate friendly agriculture.

December 2012