Global Issues

Climate Change

We promote a regenerative world, in which life and livelihoods are sustained by a just transition of land use – in keeping with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

News and insights

Interview

Subsidy of Food System Must Change

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The fight against the consequences of climate change

Restoring Africa's land

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Opinion

Let’s Help Save the Global Climate by Restoring Local Land

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Agriculture and climate change

“It’s high time that we acted”

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Desertification in Niger

With their own hands

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International climate politics

“Our Earth has high fever”

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News

Germany's Role in Climate Protection

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News

What Meat Really Costs Us

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In a nutshell

UN Climate Summit in Glasgow: Between Success and Disappointment

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“Our Dominant Food System Needs to Be Dismantled and Rebuilt”

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Robert Bosch Junior Professorship 2021: Verena Seufert

Opinion

Indigenous People’s Rights Can’t Suffer in the Name of Biodiversity

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Report

Will the UN Food Systems Summit Bring Change?

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Video

Feeding the World Sustainably

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Interview

“Achieving a just transition is one of the hardest parts of climate policy”

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The Environmental Economist with a Penchant for Justice

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Discover our projects

Climate Change

Global Alliance for the Future of Food

As a member of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, together with other foundations, we support a change in food systems around the world in...

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Climate Change

Robert Bosch Junior Professorship

With the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship we seek to contribute to a better standing of the emerging field of sustainability science in Germany.

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Climate Change

Foundations Platform F20

We are a member of the Foundations Platform F20. Through F20, philanthropic actors call for joint, transnational action towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The network shows solutions to the...

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Climate Change

Scaling up dryland restoration

We support local restoration actors in the drylands of the Greater Sahel region committed to learn from each other and to act together to increase...

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Climate Change

Land and Forest Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

We support indigenous peoples and local communities in Sub-Saharan Africa in achieving formal legal recognition of their land and forest rights....

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Climate Change

Philanthropy Coalition for Climate

We support the coalition, initiated by Philea - Philanthropy Europe Association. It aims to mobilize philanthropy across Europe and beyond to...

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Climate Change

Science Based Targets for Land

The business sector plays an increasingly important role in protecting global resources, including land. We support the Science Based Targets...

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Climate Change

The FELD Catalyst

This project will provide practical support to a number of countries in the Global South as their food, eco and land use systems face serious challenges in the context of climate change. Through joint learning, innovation, and...

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What we are focusing on

Our work on climate change and land use covers two major geographies: Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Complementing those regional engagements, we also work within and through international alliances to support a systems approach to solving the climate-biodiversity-food crisis in a sustainable and equitable way. We use multilateral processes to raise awareness for the crucial role of land use for climate and biodiversity, to highlight the importance of a just transition, to strengthen the voices of those most affected, and to galvanize support for frontrunners and ambitious coalitions.

Europe’s Transformation Agenda

As a strategic plan for a prosperous, competitive, and climate-neutral economy, the European Commission (EC) has laid out its Green Deal with the aim of becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent. We cooperate with civil society partners and other stakeholders to support a truly transformative implementation of the Green Deal in Europe’s land sector. By fostering national policy reforms, innovative solutions and progressive networks across Europe, raising awareness, and facilitating participation of rural communities, farmers, and other practitioners, we work towards a just transition and coherent political frameworks. The global ramifications of Europe’s food system, through supply-chains, trade regulations and shifts in supply and demand patterns, are a key component of this work. 

Climate Resilient and Equitable Land Use in Sub-Saharan Africa

The climate crisis is amplifying social and environmental challenges, thus constituting an ever-higher risk to the stability of societies. This is especially true for Sub-Saharan Africa: Soils, water, and ecosystems are vital for the livelihoods of people and the climate, but they are under extreme pressure due to rising demand, unsustainable land use, and the growing impact of climate change. The foundation works with international and local partners in select regions of Sub-Saharan Africa to support climate resilient development and regenerative, equitable land use and food system models that create sustainable livelihoods for rural communities. Focus topics include land restoration, equitable access to land and land tenure rights, and participatory formats to address conflicting interests and create synergies from local to landscape level.

Ottilie Bälz
Senior Vice President
Climate Change, Migration
Phone+49 711 46084-520
e-mail to Ottilie Bälz