Land Use Futures

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

As part of the Land Use Futures program, ClimateWorks has partnered with CSIRO and Deakin University to develop an interactive website on Australia’s land use. Visit the site to explore how Australia’s land is used today.


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.


June 2019

On the 6th and 7th of June, Climateworks Australia - working with NAB and the Queensland State Government - ran the Natural Capital Summit, as part of ClimateWeek QLD 2019. The Summit hosted 150 leaders from across the land use sector, including farming, technology, conservation and natural resource management, finance and investment, policy, and research and development. The Summit built upon the outcomes of a series of workshops held in capital cities across Australia from March to May. 

At the Summit participants explored the challenges and opportunities for integrating natural capital thinking into decision making in government, business and research. It was an action focused event, with participants and facilitators working together to collaboratively develop the building blocks of a Natural Capital Roadmap, which will be published by the Land Use Futures team in September. The roadmap will provide a framework for accelerating natural capital thinking in Australia, and also identify ‘early win’ projects as developed by participants at the Summit.

ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek at the Natural Capital Summit in June

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.

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