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Soil and Land workshops

​Economics of Land Degradation for the Private Sector Workshop
From March 11 at 14:00 to March 12 at 14:00
Land serves as an important asset to various industries, either directly or indirectly, and degraded land is an underperforming asset which incurs expenses or losses to companies. It is thus of critical importance that companies fully understand the costs of land degradation to their business and the benefits of sustainably managing land. The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) is an initiative aiming to raise awareness to the public and private decision-makers on the impacts of land degradation and importance of land-based ecosystems from an economic perspective.

Following a first ELD Initiative for the private sector kick-off workshop in June 2013, the ELD Initiative is now inviting the private sector as well as other organizations working on the issue to participate in a follow-up workshop, which aims to further define the critical elements that can help companies implement and scale-up solutions to land degradation. The workshop, organized in close collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), will offer participants the opportunity to share their experience in reducing soil degradation and restoring land and to prepare a priority list on what would be necessary within their sphere of influence to scale up action.

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Soil Leadership Academy
From March 12 at 14:00 to March 13 at 11:00
The Soil Leadership Academy is a UNCCD public-private partnership initiative through which the Convention aims to build the capacity of key policy makers and decision takers on sustainable land and soil management issues. The Academy aims to help design and implement policies that lead to the rehabilitation and conservation of land and soil. As a first step, we are developing an innovative curriculum for the Academy outlining elements of the hands-on training program. Key features of the curriculum might include: operational issues (programme management, financial and planning skills; decision support techniques; advocacy and negotiation skills: resource mobilization); socio-economic issues (economics of land degradation, financing and market based mechanisms, gender, migration and security, behavioral change communications); legal and ethical issues (land rights and tenure, intellectual property rights); technical skills (soil, water and crop management, technology, restoration techniques).

We aim to be cost effective and to draw on existing opportunities linked to sustainable soil and land management, plugging major gaps that exist and streamlining access to opportunities for interested stakeholders.

UN Global Compact Global (UNGC) Principles for Sustainable Soil Management
13 March, 11:00-18:00
As the chief conduit for feeding and nourishing everyone on earth, soil makes one of the world’s most important economic and environmental assets. However, the performance and viability of our soils are threatened by poor soil management practices, a weak understanding of what constitutes healthy soil and the growing and changing needs of the global population.

The UN Global Compact is facilitating the development of voluntary Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FABs) by Global Compact companies, in collaboration with key civil society organizations and experts. Designed to offer a basis for responsible businesses to align to the goals of the UN as articulated in the Rio+20 outcome document The Future We Want, the FABs will underpin the UN Global Compact’s submission on the theme of ‘Food Security and Nutrition’ in the post-2015 development agenda.

In this context, the UN Global Compact is convening a group of global experts and businesses to develop Global Principles for Sustainable Soil Management to address the economic, environmental and social aspects of soil health and provide context and linkages to relevant global issues. These principles will build on the model of the FABs to further literacy among key actors and create an awareness of the need to protect our soils through enlightened programs and policy


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