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Agricultural land use (Land use)

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Interpretation of theme:
Is item of theme: Land use

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Agricultural land use (Land use) associations

Policy themes are used to classify Key policy issues and policy interventions. The tables below contain the issues and interventions associated with theme item Agricultural land use (Land use).

Associated Key policy issues and their components

ComponentDescription
Agricultural economy What is the area of cropland and grassland required to support future food demand?
Agricultural economy What are the policy options to reduce agricultural land use and to safeguard global biodiversity, while ensuring food security?
Carbon cycle and natural vegetation What is the role of the terrestrial biosphere in the global carbon cycle, how will it change in time as a result of climate and land-use change?
Carbon, vegetation, agriculture and water What is the role of the terrestrial biosphere in the global carbon cycle, how will it change in time as a result of climate and land-use change?
Carbon, vegetation, agriculture and water How do climate change and land-use management affect the land productivity of current and future agricultural land?
Crops and grass How will agriculture affect the Earth system with respect to carbon emissions, freshwater availability and nutrient cycles?
Livestock systems How does the use of marginal lands for grazing increase the risk of degradation and loss of productivity, inducing more forest clearing?

Associated policy interventions, their components and the affected components

Policy interventionDescriptionImplemented inAffects component
Agricultural trade policies Changes in agricultural trade policies are applied to the corresponding quota (export or import quota) or border taxes.
Change in grazing intensity Change in grazing intensity, usually more intensive. This would require better management of grasslands, including for example the use of grass-clover mixtures and fertilisers, bringing the length of the grazing season in tune with the period of grass production, and rotations.
Changes in consumption and diet preferences Interventions that target consumption changes or changes in dietary preferences
Enlarge protected areas Increase in areas with protected status, as well the size of the areas as the numer of parks.
Implementation of biofuel targets Policies to enhance the use of biofuels, especially in the transport sector. In the Agricultural economy component only 'first generation' crops are taken into account. The policy is implemented as a budget-neutral policy from government perspective, e.g. a subsidy is implemented to achieve a certain share of biofuels in fuel production and an end-user tax is applied to counterfinance the implemented subsidy.
Implementation of land use planning Application of zoning laws or cadastres, assigning areas to certain land uses.
Implementation of sustainability criteria in bio-energy production Sustainability criteria that could become binding for dedicated bio-energy production, such as the restrictive use of water-scarce or degraded areas.
Improvement of feed conversion Improvement of feed conversion ratio of small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. This means other breeds will be used that need less grass to produce the same amount of meat [CHECK!].
Increased livestock productivity A change in production characteristics, such as milk production per animal, carcass weight and off-take rates, which will also have an impact on the feed conversion ratio; in general, this will be lower in more productive animals
Reduction of waste/losses Reduction of losses in the agro-food chain and waste after consumption.