Ending deforestation in Brazil
8 August 2019

The IPCC’s Report: act now against land degradation and climate change

On 8 August 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a new report on types of land use and their role in climate change and world food security. An occasion to recall the measures taken by the Government against climate change and its impacts on the planet.

Following publication of a report on climate change last October, the IPPC has now focused on analysing the already observed effects that climate change is having on natural land ecosystems, and on the risks likely to impact food security across the world.

The Panel stresses that climate change is continuing to aggravate degradation of vegetation and biodiversity, as well as of land (soil erosion, water shortages, etc.).

The IPPC highlights the need to review the ways in which land is used, in order to ensure food security.

The report states that we possess sufficient knowledge to act accordingly without further delay.

What the French Government is doing against climate change and land degradation

France has adopted a series of plans and measures designed to reduce climate change and foster better exploitation of natural resources:
  • The second National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PNACC), which implements the actions required to protect the population and adapt all sectors of the economy to future climatic conditions.
  • The Energy-Climate Bill, which asserts France’s aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and institutes a five-year Programming Act that will set action priorities and point the way forward.
  • Last July, the Assises de l'Eau (Water Conference) concluded a new pact containing 23 measures against climate change.
  • The National Strategy against Imported Deforestation (SNDI), which aims to put an end to deforestation caused by importation of non-sustainable forest and agricultural products by 2030.
France is also providing assistance to agricultural sectors in order to ensure their successful transition to agroecology.

Finally, at international level, France will be supporting the adoption of an ambitious international framework for protection of biodiversity during the Conference of Parties on Biodiversity (COP15) set to be held in China in 2020.