Dr. David M. Landholm


David M. Landholm is a Guest Researcher at PIK and a Senior Consultant at Climate Focus. His work focuses on research, advisory, and implementation projects related to the AFOLU sector, in particular to nature-based solutions (NbS), tropical deforestation, sustainable agriculture and greenhouse gas accounting. David recently defended his PhD dissertation at the Humboldt University of Berlin, entitled "Cross-scale drivers of greenhouse gas emissions and local solutions for climate change mitigation".


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Senior Consultant at Climate Focus


  • Recent topics addressed include:

    - Contributing author of the NYDF Assessment reports (2020, 2021)
    - Global, cross-country feasibility assessment of NbS activities and their mitigation potential
    - Role of voluntary carbon markets (VCM) in accelerating the implementation of NbS
    - Guidance for institutional investors on NbS implementation
    - Commodity-specific decarbonisation pathways in the agricultural sector 
    - Environmental risk assessment of sustainable investments in the LU sector
    - Supply chain sustainability initiatives in the cocoa sector in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire
    - Incentives for sustainable supply chains in the smallholder oil palm sector in Indonesia
    - Feasibility assessment of SOC carbon credits in the livestock sector in Colombia
    - Due diligence on delivery of carbon credits from land use projects
    - Guidance on nesting of REDD+ initiatives

  • Roe, S.Streck, C.Beach, R.Busch, J.Chapman, M.Daioglou, V.Deppermann, A.Doelman, J.Emmet-Booth, J.Engelmann, J.Fricko, O.Frischmann, C.Funk, J.Grassi, G.Griscom, B.Havlik, P.Hanssen, S.Humpenöder, F.Landholm, D.M., … Lawrence, D. (2021). Land-based measures to mitigate climate change: Potential and feasibility by countryGlobal Change Biology276025– 6058https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15873
  • Landholm, D.M., P. Pradhan, P. Wegmann, M. Romero, J.C. Suárez Salazar, A. Solarte, M. Quintero, J.P. Kropp (2019). Reducing deforestation and improving livestock productivity: GHG mitigation potential of silvopastoral systems in Caquetá. Environmental Research Letters, 14, 114007. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab3db6
  • Landholm, D.M., P. Pradhan, J.P. Kropp (2019). Diverging forest land use change dynamics induced by armed conflict across the tropics. Global Environmental Change, 56, 86–94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.03.006
  • Landholm, D.M., A. Holsten, F. Martellozzo, D. Reusser, J.P. Kropp (2018). Climate change mitigation potential of community-based initiatives in Europe. Regional Environmental Change, 19(4), 927–938. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-018-1428-1
  • Martellozzo, F., D.M. Landholm, A. Holsten (2019). Upscaling from the grassroots: potential aggregate carbon reduction from community-based inititatives in Europe. Regional Environmental Change, 19(4), 953–966. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-019-01469-9
  • San Miguel, G., B. Corona, D. Ruiz, D.M. Landholm, R. Laina, E. Tolosana, H. Sixto, I. Cañellas (2015). Environmental, energy and economic analysis of a biomass supply chain based on a poplar short rotation coppice in Spain. Journal of Cleaner Production, 94(0), 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.01.070

Under review: 

  • Landholm, D.M., D.D. Burra, M.K.B. Lüdeke, L. Reymondin, J.P. Kropp, G. Grosjean (Under review). Cross-country analysis of commodity-driven tropical deforestation. 
  • Schulte, I., D.M. Landholm, H. Bakhtary, S.M. Manirajah, S. Manning, S.C. Cabezas, D. Oppong, M. Bayo, E. van Elzakker, C. Streck (Under review). Structural barriers to increasing smallholder cocoa productivity: Evidence from household survey of farmers in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.
In preparation: 
  • Seydewitz, T., D.M. Landholm, P. Pradhan, J.P. Kropp (Under review). Global assessment of deforestation drivers across the tropics: impacts on carbon stocks and ecosystem services. 

  • Towards European Societal Sustainability (TESS)
  • Sustainable land use-based alternatives in the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon (2014-2018) (SUSA)