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The Business Sector is an important stakeholder in global efforts to combat Desertification Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD). Business is a key driver of DLDD and can be an agent of change for good.
Unsustainable economic behavior is a key cause of DLDD: over cultivation, overgrazing, deforestation, lack of irrigation, resource extraction that lowers water tables and degrades land. All of these drivers are based on inadequate business rationale. The scale can vary from subsistence farmers in rural Asia to large scale multinational agricultural producers in Africa but the answer is the same. The soil is being mismanaged and this needs to change. There are massive incentives.
• It is anticipated 80% of the world population will become ‘consumers’ by 2030. Those additional 2 billion people will demand products and services (the demand for agricultural products alone is expected to double).
• There are around 1.5 billion hectares of degraded land available for restoration and regeneration worldwide.
Small farmers, medium sized miners, or multinational insurance companies all need to be engaged in changing to sustainable land management practices and committed to land degradation neutrality.
Our partnership with business is taking shape. Our very first proposition to business (Business Proposition) which explains the social and economic rationale of working on SLM and the value of working with UNCCD has been developed. The outcomes of the 2nd SLM Business Forum established an ambitious agenda for 2014-2015.
If you are interested in partnering with us (or just want to find out more), please contact Louise Baker, Senior Adviser – Partnerships.

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