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Sustainable land use


  • In 2007, 5.3 million trees were planted in the Autonomous Community of Aragon.
  • A Campaign for Promoting and Training in Techniques of Efficient Energy Uses in Agriculture as part of the IDAE-Government of Aragon Agreement.
  • Promoting the regional commercialization of products by means of Quality Labels, Denominations of Origin and campaigns such as Food Products of Aragon.
  • The 2007-2013 Programme of Rural Development for Aragon offers investments in the agricultural and food industries that affect the transformation and/or commercialization of new products, processes and technologies related to biodiesel, bioethanol and biomass among others.

Basque Country

  • Target to increase the removal capability of carbon sinks to 1% of Kyoto base year emissions.
  • The creation of a further 200ha of woodland by 2012.
  • The promotion of construction based on greater use of renewable materials.
  • Subsidies for actions to increase carbon sequestration.


  • Transformation of vulnerable coniferous forests to climate-tolerant mixed forests.
  • Promotion of energy-efficiency in the agricultural sector.
  • Expansion of extensive organic farming and reduction of nitrogen fertilizers.

British Columbia

  • A net zero deforestation policy will be put into law by 2010 implying trees permanently removed from forest land have to be offset with new trees planted elsewhere.
  • Government and industry will work together on improved fertilization application practices, community biogas digestion/electricity generation projects and anaerobic digesters.
  • The Smart Development Partnership Program  supports sustainable land use planning among local governments.


  • The Charter for Coastal Spaces provides guidelines for the long term sustainable management of the coastline.


  • Improved forest resource management practices to increase the storage of carbon and turn forest waste into alternative fuels and clean energy.
  • Food and Agriculture strategies to reduce methane from livestock, sequester carbon through more responsible tilling of the land, and turn waste and agriculture byproducts into energy and other types of alternative fuels.


  • Aim to produce energy from agriculture and forestry biomass.
  • The Catalan Biodigestion Manure Plan aims to reduce emissions.


  • A centre of expertise for fresh woody biomass provides technical support to growers and stimulates renewable energy in agriculture.


  • The regional council purchases and maintains natural areas and is working to set up 30 nature reserves.
  • The regional council intends to maintain high-quality agriculture and is acting to promote local products.


  • The Manitoba Sustainable Agriculture Practices Program provides technical and financial assistance to producers to reduce on-farm GHG emissions.
  • The Climate-Friendly Farm Woodlot Practices Program enhances carbon sequestration and ecological resilience by rejuvenating woodlots.

New South Wales

  • Research is being undertaken to reduce methane emissions from cattle and sheep, build the stock of carbon in soils, and to maximize carbon sequestration in trees.
  • The Government is piloting a system that allows a Catchment Management Authority to bring together revegetation projects to seek to realize their carbon value.  


  • Ontario's Far North Planning Initiative will protect at least 225,000 square kilometres of the Far North Boreal region.
  • The Ontario Biogas Systems Financial Assistance Program will help farmers and agri-food businesses to produce renewable energy.
  • The government is working with private landowners and community groups to plant 50 million trees by 2020.
  • The Growth Plan for the Greater Horseshoe is a 25-year vision to manage growth in the provinces largest urban area and sets targets for creating higher density communities and includes policies on transit-supportive community design and urban form.


  • Funding for farm operators for the implementation of GHG-reducing technologies involving biogas capture and processing at liquid manure installations.
  • A new action plan will facilitate fuel switching in various industries and the production of biofuels in Quebec.

Sao Paulo State

  • The Riparian Forest Project promotes the recovery of the riparian forest in the State by extending the forest cover from 13.9% to 20% of the state territory.
  • The State delivers operating permits on the basis of a Ecological-Economic Zoning map for the sugercane sector which takes into account water vulnerability and biodiversity.


  • The Scottish Rural Development Programme  makes funding available for farmers, foresters and other stakeholders to implement measures to reduce GHG emissions from land management practices.
  • Aim to increase forest cover towards 25% by the middle of the century through investment in woodland expansion. 

South Australia

  • The Million Trees Program  is planting three million local native plants throughout Adelaide by 2014. 


  • The Responding to Climate Change program is exploring practical methane abatement technologies that can be implemented on farms.
  • The Future Farming strategy provides farmers in key industries with new technologies and strategies to adapt their operations in the face of climate uncertainty.
  • Supporting for research into the impacts of climate change on the production of selected agricultural commodities, research into new varieties of drought resistant crops and research into decoding and sequencing the DNA of soil microbes.
  • A new Timber Industry Strategy will help forest managers and related industries to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
  • A reduction in harvest levels and larger areas of forest are being protected in parks and reserves to ensure the sustainability of public native forests.


  • A management strategy for woodlands includes species diversification, use of wood products for construction and energy, and the use of woodlands as an adaptation solution.


  • The phase in of measures concerning farmyard manure by 2010, including storage optimization, spreading and composting practices and the production of bio-methane.
  • The new forest Code (decree 15 July 2008) introduces new constraints favoring forest conservation and preservation of the wood and carbon stocks.

Western Australia

  • Legislation to reduce the commercial and legal risks associated with the ownership of carbon and forest tree plantation rights.
  • Investment in Inifinitree", a collaborative tree farming program, partnering the Forest Products Commission with private investors and farmers to grow commercial tree crops on Western Australian farms.


  • Yukon and Canada are investing, as part of the Growing Forward initiative, to give farmers stable, bankable programs and investing in innovation and marketing and increased production of Yukon-grown food.
  • Funding from the government of Canada to undertake a Yukon Forest Health Risk Assessment.
  • Working closely with First Nations to plan three new territorial parks. 

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