SDSN’s FELD Program is dedicated to facilitate systematic analyses of, and action on, the policy-related and operational delivery obstacles of food and land use systems and their transformation, at global level, across and within specific countries.

Through the global FELD Action Tracker, a strategic initiative under the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), the team undertakes systematic assessments of national policy efforts and progress against national commitments and global targets. Under the FELD Catalyst, the team works with local partners to strengthen dialogue on local priorities and solutions for improved climate adaptation, food security, and community development. Together with national SDSN member institutions and FOLU partners, FELD plans to generate further practical resources and local capacity for intersectoral planning and program implementation.

FELD’s methodologies are designed to support countries and their partners in devising, implementing, and improving effective and ambitious policies for the system-level adaptation and transformation of existing food and land-use systems and practices. The FELD team is working with partners to develop a multi-partner Nature Action Tracker to expand and link independent tracking of action on nature, food systems, and broader climate and development with the active involvement of local experts and institutions.

Finance for Sustainable Land Use

In 2015, as part of the Paris Agreement, governments pledged to align all finance flows with climate action. This not only calls for additional climate finance, but for the re-alignment of existing financial flows that are not yet oriented towards reducing GHG emissions. Under this collaborative project, experts explored existing finance flows to the land sector, identified the most promising policy options available to governments for making these flows compatible with the Paris Agreement, and provided a reporting framework for State Parties to consider and adopt ahead of the 2023 Global Stocktake.

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Climate Action

Starting in 2021, the FELD Programme, in collaboration with FOLU, undertook a systematic analysis of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by countries for COP26. In 2022, ahead of COP27, the team updated and expanded its systematic analysis of NDCs issued in the previous year. This updated analysis also expands its scope from an original set of 15 NDCs in 2021, to 24, including all G20 members, together representing nearly 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Cecil Haverkamp

  • Director, FELD Programme
  • Principal, Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU)

Rachel Collie

  • Program Manager
  • FELD Catalyst

Gillian Mortimer

  • Finance Senior Manager
  • FABLE and FELD

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