Land Use Futures

How can we sustainably provide healthy food for a growing global population while achieving net zero emissions?

The Land Use Futures program seeks to address this challenge by taking a highly participatory approach to developing integrated pathways and roadmaps for sustainable food and land use in Australia.

The program is working collaboratively with the agriculture and forestry sectors, food and fibre value chain, investors and insurers, conservation organisations, governments, research and community organisations. Land Use Futures will identify gaps, opportunities, risks and priorities in the transition to a sustainable food and land use system. The program will also provide implementation support to help catalyse implementation and deliver early wins.

The program takes a holistic view by integrating three key elements of sustainable food and land use systems:

  1. Agriculture: Food, fibre and timber production

  2. Food: Food and fibre demand and consumption patterns

  3. Ecosystems and biodiversity conservation, including water, soils and vegetation


The program is led by ClimateWorks Australia (part of Monash University's Monash Sustainable Development Institute), Deakin University and CSIRO, working with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

The program is contributing to and benefiting from participation in the global Food and Land Use Coalition, led by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, World Resources Institute and others.


May 2019

From March to May 2019, the program held workshops in capital cities across Australia. These brought together over 150 people from almost 100 organisations, including landowners, agricultural industry representatives, sustainable agriculture consultants, banks, insurers, impact investors, policy makers, natural resource managers and research and development organisations.

This consultation is culminating in the Natural Capital Summit, which will be held in Brisbane as part of Climate Week 2019 on the 6th and 7th of June. The Summit will bring together leaders in farming, technology, conservation and natural resource management, finance and investment, policy, and research and development. The core objective of the summit is to co-create a roadmap for integration of natural capital thinking into policy, industry and research. The Summit will also build broad, cross-sectoral support for implementation of priority actions, within that roadmap.

Attendees at Melbourne workshop 26 May

Melbourne workshop 26 March

Attendees at Brisbane workshop 4 April

Brisbane workshop 4 April

Attendees at Sydney workshop 9 April

Sydney workshop 9 April