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Land for life. Create Wealth, Transform Lives

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 rehabilitating the land. The achievements are phenomenal and the heroism of the people is refreshing. The target to stop land degradation is not wishful thinking. Whoever takes it seriously can expect to reap a meaningful reward!

Scaling up Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting - From Lessons to Actions: 14 Pilot Countries’ Experiences

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.

Land in Balance is a science-policy brief prepared by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI)

Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) is a new initiative intended to halt the ongoing loss of healthy land through land degradation. Unlike past approaches, LDN creates a target for land degradation management, promoting a dual-pronged approach of measures to avoid or reduce degradation of land, combined with measures to reverse past degradation. The objective is that losses are balanced by gains, in order to achieve a position of no net loss of healthy and productive land.

Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality at the country level: Building blocks for LDN Target Setting.

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.

The ripple effect: A fresh approach to reducing drought impacts and building resilience

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.

Reaping the rewards: Financing Land Degradation Neutrality

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, efforts to create healthy and resilient landscapes are being increasingly recognized as crucial for economic growth and prosperity. in fact, healthy terrestrial ecosystems can contribute significantly to the delivery of multiple,priority developmental goals.

The UNCCD: Securing Life on Land (2016-2017)

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.

Unlocking the market for land degradation neutrality-LDN Fund Market Study

The current global scale and consequences of land degradation make a compelling and urgent case for reaching Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) worldwide by 2030, a target that has now been formally incorporated into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve LDN, large amounts of financial resources need to be mobilised, and public resources alone will not suffice. Attracting longterm capital from private investors by creating a sound market-driven investment framework is also critical. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), through its operational arm, the Global Mechanism (GM), is taking up this funding challenge by promoting the creation of an independent public-private partnership (PPP) investment fund that would support profit-generating initiatives that aim to avert and combat land degradation: the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Fund. In 2015,Mirova was selected as the structuring partner, as well as potential fund manager of this fund.

The Great Green Wall: Hope for the Sahara and the Sahel

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 region have been taking a stand to counter land degradation and desertification.

A Natural Fix: A joined-up approach to delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

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 to a number of pressing problems, such as food and water security. By safeguarding life on land, we deliver for all life on Earth. We establish the basis for communities – all citizens - everywhere to not just survive but thrive by building a future on a healthy and productive foundation.

Land Degradation Neutrality: The target setting programme

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 most global goals and targets. It is a commitment to avoid degradation, to move towards sustainable land management and at the same time to massively scale up the rehabilitation of degraded land and soil. It may come to redefine our relationship with the nature.

Desertification: The invisible frontline - Second edition

Desertification is a silent, invisible crisis that is destabilizing communities on a global scale. As the effects of climate change undermine livelihoods, inter-ethnic clashes are breaking out within and across states and fragile states are turning to militarization to control the situation. The effects of desertification are increasingly felt globally as victims turn into refugees, internally displaced people and forced migrants or they turn to radicalization, extremism or resource-driven wars for survival. If we are to restore peace, security and international stability in a context where changing weather events are threatening the livelihoods of more and more people, survival options are declining and state capacities are overburdened, then more should be done to combat desertification, reverse land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought. Otherwise, many small-scale farmers and poor, land-dependent communities face two choices: fight or flight.

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