Publications

Land is an essential building block of civilization yet its contribution to our quality of life is perceived and valued in starkly different and often incompatible ways. Conflicts about land use are intensifying in many countries. The world has reached a point where we must reconcile these differences and rethink the way in which we use and manage the land.

The evidence presented in this first edition of the Global Land Outlook demonstrates that informed and responsible decision-making, along with simple changes in our everyday lives, can if widely adopted help to reverse the current worrying

Publication date
11/09/2017

The report provides scientifically sound practical guidance for selecting SLM practices that help address DLDD, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and for creating an enabling environment for their large-scale implementation considering local realities. It targets a broad audience from scientists, policy makers, landowners, community stakeholders and enterprises.

Publication date
06/09/2017
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

Land provides crucial ecosystem services for human existence and human well-being, including provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services. Those services provide among others the production of fresh air, food, feed, fuel and fibre. They regulate the risks of natural hazards and climate change, offer cultural and spiritual values to our society, and support key ecological functions such as nutrient and water cycling, filtering and buffering, and are central to economic vitality. However, Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) as well as climate change can negatively

Publication date
06/09/2017
Publication type
Policy briefs

Land for Life Award recognizes the excellence and innovation of individuals, groups, institutions and businesses whose work and initiatives have made a significant contribution in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality. With the theme “Land and Human Security”, the 2017 Land for Life Award has been awarded to nominees whose work has demonstrated tangible evidence of transforming the lives of communities suffering from the impacts of land degradation. 

“The winners show that restoration of degraded land can halt distress migration that is driven by unproductive land resources. Families and comm

Publication date
22/08/2017

The Sustainable Development Goal 15 “Life on land” commits world leaders to work together to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) for safeguarding life on land. One of the objectives that comprise LDN is to reinforce responsible governance of land tenure. Land rights are a key factor for achieving LDN. This publication by the UNCCD CSO Panel aims to analyze and highlight the linkages between land rights and land degradation with the objective of offering policy recommendations to enhance land rights for both the prevention of land degradation and the recovery of degraded lands.

Publication date
17/07/2017
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

The Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) provides a scientific foundation for understanding, implementing and monitoring LDN. It has been designed to create a bridge between the vision and the practical implementation of LDN, by defining LDN in operational terms. The conceptual framework is a product of the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface. 

Publication date
10/02/2017
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

Poor rural women in developing countries are critical to the survival of their families. Fertile land is their lifeline. But the number of people negatively affected by land degradation is growing rapidly. Crop failures, water scarcity and the migration of traditional crops are damaging rural livelihoods. Action to halt the loss of more fertile land must focus on households. At this level, land use is based on the roles assigned to men and women. This is where the tide can begin to turn. As we embark on a new strategy for 2018-2030, we must build on these lessons with a focused, systematic and

Publication date
08/02/2017
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

Becoming land degradation neutral is not simply about restoring degraded lands. It is about self interest making sure the land can still provide food and fresh water for us, our children, and to the third and fourth generations. It is about giving every child, from Mongolia to Afghanistan and from Ethiopia to China, the fighting chance for a better life. If this all sounds too good to be true, read this book. The pictures show the transformation and testimonies of families and communities rising from ruin and thriving, and of a restored man-made desert spawning a millionaire after rehabilitati

Publication date
18/11/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

Land in Balance is a science-policy brief prepared by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI). It gives an overview of the scientific conceptual framework for land degradation neutrality (LDN). The conceptual framework creates a common understanding of the LDN objective and consistency in approaches to achieving LDN.

Publication date
18/10/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

The UNCCD Secretariat and the Global Mechanism, in collaboration with a dozen bilateral and multilateral partners are supporting countries on the LDN target setting journey. The building blocks of this journey presented here are the result of extensive discussions with country Parties and stakeholders. They also draw on the lessons from 14 pioneer countries’ experiences of how to put the evolving LDN concept into practice.

Publication date
18/10/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

Fourteen countries, from all regions, in different ecological and socio-economic conditions, were at the forefront of this exciting experiment.Some of the biggest lessons learned from the pilot and the recommendations for the UN SDG process are showcased in this publication. We found that land degradation is a universal problem. It takes a variety of forms and affects communities and ecosystems differently in different climatic zones.

Publication date
18/10/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

With an expected 9.5 billion people living on earth by 2050, population pressure, higher consumer expectations and climate change will tax and degrade our natural resource base, especially the land. Land degradation puts the livelihoods of billions of people at risk. It threatens the future sustainability of the entire planet. Land degradation is not a stand-alone issue however. It is closely linked to job creation, food and water security, migration and urbanization, climate change mitigation and adaptation, economic competition and resource conflict. From the local to the global level, effor

Publication date
27/07/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

This brochure highlights the impact of current droughts as well as presenting projections for the future. It strongly suggests that overcoming the prevailing paradigm of ‘reactive’ and ‘crisis-based’ approaches to drought and moving towards ‘proactive’ and ‘risk-based’ approaches will be indispensable to reducing the risks and mitigating the impacts of droughts, floods and other extreme weather events. It explains how, against this backdrop, the UNCCD is ramping up its work on drought and water scarcity issues at large.

Publication date
27/07/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

Achieving LDN requires a paradigm shift in land stewardship: from ‘degrade-abandon-migrate’ to ‘protect-sustain-restore’. This is the rationale that underpins the LDN Target Setting Programme that became operational in spring 2016. Through this programme, the UNCCD’s operational arm — the Global Mechanism — is supporting a rapidly growing number of countries that have committed to setting national voluntary LDN targets.

Publication date
25/07/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

Africa is growing a real wonder of the world. The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel could play a decisive role in the future of the African continent. The Sahel region is one of the most arid and most vulnerable places on earth. Food, water and economic opportunity are often scarce. The local population is growing rapidly and to survive people already face difficult choices every day. if climate change and land degradation continue at the current rate, vulnerable communities could be forced to make some disastrous choices. With that in mind, African leaders and the people of the re

Publication date
26/04/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

The conclusion of the preamble to “transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” stresses the importance of the linkages and integrated nature of the global Goals in realizing the 2030 Agenda. To meet the SDGs, it will be vital to manage these linkages, to harness synergies and minimize potential conflicts and trade-offs within and between the Sustainable Development Goals and targets. The successful implementation of target 15.3 - on land degradation neutrality - can connect the dots between many of these goals and targets. Healthy and productive land is the natural fix

Publication date
22/04/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

In this brochure, we set out the case for the full implementation of goal 15 “Life on Land”. In particular, we highlight how UNCCD Parties are working together to achieve target 15.3 on land degradation neutrality (LDN). At this stage, we are losing around 12 million hectares of land each year. We need to stop this critical loss and turn this trend around. Literally speaking, the health and productivity of the ground that we stand on will determine the future prosperity and security of humankind. Land degradation neutrality is a simple but revolutionary idea that can connect the dots between m

Publication date
20/04/2016
Publication type
UNCCD Publications

Environmental change and carbon are intrinsically linked. When contained in greenhouse gases, carbon is a part of the problem. But in its organic form in the soil, carbon represents a major part of the solution. The first metre of soil contains more than twice the amount of carbon than the amount  in the atmosphere, and about three times the  amount that resides in the world’s vegetation.  Increasing soil carbon builds a precious reservoir and helps to offset greenhouse gas emissions. It also contributes to the fertility of the soil, the foundation for all land-based  natural and agricultural

Publication date
16/11/2015
Publication type
Science Briefs series
Publication date
12/08/2015
Publication type
UNCCD Publications