On the occasion of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD (10-21 October 2011, Changwon, Republic of Korea), the Republic of Korea the Sustainable Land Management Business Forum was launched with the aim of raising awareness on the importance of land and in particular issues of desertification, land degradation and drought within the private sector. The SLM Business Forum will encourage the active involvement of the private sector in the protection of the land.
The launching of the Forum took place on the 17 and 18 October 2011, on the sidelines of the High-Level Segment of the COP, and gave business leaders the opportunity to meet with policy makers, government representatives, experts and other key stakeholders from all regions.
The main goal of the promoters is to establish a platform in which the business sector can play an active role in addressing desertification and effectively implementing the Convention. The first meeting is only the beginning of an open dialogue among business, non-governmental organizations, governments and other stakeholders on how to face the challenges of managing land and soil resources in a more sustainable manner. Eventually, the SLM Business Forum will become a major platform to address the role and value of business in reversing and preventing land degradation.