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UNCCD Policy Brief: Zero Net Land Degradation

​At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), world leaders agreed "to strive to achieve a land-degradation neutral world".

This UNCCD policy brief “A Sustainable Development Goal for Rio+20: Zero Net Land Degradation” provides a snapshot of the world's land, explains causes and impacts of land degradation and suggests pathways to land-degradation neutrality. The brief reveals that sustainable land-use is a prerequisite for ensuring future water, food and energy security. Given the increasing pressure on land from agriculture, forestry, pasture, energy production and urbanization, urgent action is needed to halt land degradation.

The brief calls the world leaders to agree a sustainable goal on land: zero net land degradation. To achieve this goal, degradation of productive land should be avoided and already degraded lands need to be restored. The proposed goal is underlined by the following targets: zero net land degradation by 2030, zero net forest degradation by 2030 and drought preparedness policies implemented in all drought-prone countries by 2020.

UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja launched the report during the press briefing on 23 May in Berlin.
For more information please see the policy brief, its executive summary​ and the presentation of Mr. Gnacadja during the briefing
or contact:
Ms Wagaki Mwangi, UNCCD secretariat. Tel: 0228 815 2820, E-mail:

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