Challenges of food security, poverty, climate change, ecosystem degradation, and biodiversity loss are felt acutely in arid regions of the world. This side event will demonstrate how the work of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is contributing to the goals of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification to move toward a Land-Degradation Neutral World, specifically in the areas of knowledge exchange and financing strategies. The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature is a collaborative Initiative of nine Co-organizing institutions from civil society, intergovernmental and Government entities and more than twenty strategic partners that aim to understand and support integrated agricultural landscape approaches to simultaneously meet goals for food production, ecosystem health and human wellbeing. The goals of UNCCD and the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative are very well aligned. The Initiative promotes holistic approaches to land management that account for human wellbeing, sustainable agricultural production, and ecosystem health, in the face of serious global challenges. The three components of the Initiative are a global review, dialogue, and action and advocacy. Dialogue at the UNCCD side event will touch upon many of the UNCCD’s thematic priorities, including climate change, food security, and water scarcity and drought, and offer tangible models for overcoming the challenges land degradation poses for sustainable development through integrated landscape management. After an introduction to the partners, goals, and activities of the Initiative, presenters will highlight examples relevant to the mandate of the UNCCD, including integrated coastal zone management in the Namib Desert that focuses on the policies, investments, and capacity-building needed to achieve sustainable economic development while also promoting sustainable resource use and conservation. In another case example in the arid Namaqualand region of South Africa, farmers are dealing with the impacts of degradation and poor land use decisions through more integrated approaches to landscape management. The event will also highlight results from a recent study and inventory of integrated landscape initiatives in Africa and another study underway on strategies for financing integrated landscape management that fosters multiple benefits.