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CrisisWatch​ is a monthly early warning bulletin designed to provide a regular update on the state of the most significant situations of conflict around the world.  

2016 MDGs to Agenda 2063/SDGs Transition Report   ​

Towards and Integrated and Coherent Approach to Sustainable Development in Africa

Walking the Talk: A Snapshot of Country and Regional Experiences, ​Good Practices and Lessons Learnt in African Agriculture and CAADP since 2003        

2030: Smart engagement with business. GREAT Insights Magazine - Volume 5, Issue 5. October/November 2016​.      

Engaging the private sector has become a common motto for the development community. 


Investing in sustainable infrastructure is key to tackling the three central challenges facing the global community: reigniting growth,

delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, and reducing climate risk in line with the Paris Agreement.

The Sky’s Limit: Why the Paris Climate Goals Require a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production.

What works and why?- a new study​ supporting regional cooperation and integration in Africa.

63/16 Economics of Land Degradation Initiative: Report for the private sectorSustainable land management – A business opportunity. The partners’ vision of Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is to transformglobal understanding of the value of land and create awareness of the economic case for sustainable land management that prevents loss of natural capital, secures livelihoods, preserves ecosystem services, combats climate change, and addresses food, energy, and water security, and to create capacity for the utilisation of economic information for sustainable land management..​

62/15 The worst impacts of drought can be reduced, policy makers would be better informed and vulnerable, at-risk populations more resilient. If land and water resources are managed sustainably and together, ecosystems will not just survive but thrive. Opportunities for growth and development, even in regions vulnerable to drought, will open up if water is sufficiently available. Read the White paper​ ( Second Draft) prepared for the African Drought Conference. 

 Read the publication"The ripple effect: A fresh approach to reducing drought impacts and building resilience" in English and French following the link here​​ or our latest Be the first to know 15 August 2016​

61/14 New FAO study provides the most detailed snapshot to date on trees, forests and land use in the world's drylands. A valuable policymaking and investment tool for sustainable development, addressing climate change​. More about"Trees, forests and land use in drylands: The first global assessment​" in the latest Be among the first to know 20 July 2016

Why access to productive land is so important for the world's poor​​?

Monique Barbut speaks about the refugees from Syria, the crisis in Darfur and the mass movements of people within many regions, the somber reminders that for the world’s poorest people, the loss of productive land is very often the loss of the freedom to choose

That is why access to and ownership of land is still such a vital asset for the world’s poorest people whether men or women. In fact, all rural societies have developed and earned the freedom to choose their futures, on the back of productive land.

Access to productive land or its resources is the basis of our freedom to choose how we want to live. What we eat, what we drink, where we build our homes, how we spend our time, when we can marry, have our children, set up our businesses, the opportunities we can pursue, and much more. Read Be among the first to know 17 June 2016​

Interactive infographic on key facts and figures on Land Degradation and Drylands​  by CGIAR/ICARDA

Why land degradation is our greatest issue today? Statement by Dr. Richard Thomas: "Our efforts for sustainable development, for peace and stability in drylands and beyond must focus more and more on land​"  More from Dr. R.Thomas - the Director of CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems and Scientific Coordinator of the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative you can find here

On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification 2016, the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems wished to raise awareness about land degradation, an issue demanding global attention as it affects the stability and resilience of natural and human systems everywhere.

To commemorate this day, the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems is launching Desertification: the Invisible Frontier of Land Degradation, Poverty and Migration, an Exposure story to highlight the causes and consequences of land degradation, and the need for inclusive cooperation to halt and reverse this calamity.

​60/13 Land resources are one of nature’s most precious gifts. They feed us and help our societies and economies to thrive. Some 2.5 billion agricultural smallholders worldwide manage around 500 million small farms, providing more than 80 per cent of food consumed in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. These resources are being degraded at an alarming pace. 

An estimated 33 per cent of soil is moderately to highlydegraded due to erosion, nutrient depletion, acidification, salinization, compaction and chemical pollution. Each year we lose 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil and 15 billion trees, costing the economy around $40 billion.

Read  the new publication "Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources: Evaluation Systems, Strategies and Tools". A Report of the Working Group on Land and Soils of the International Resource Panel.  

The Environmental Migration Portal: Knowledge Platform on People on the Move in a Changing Climate seeks to provide a one-stop service website to promote new research, information exchange and dialogue, intended to fill the existing data, research and knowledge gaps on the migration-environment nexus.​  Explore the Environmental Migration Portal and  find out more here .​ The Environmental Migration Portal has been created as part of the "Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)" project funded by the European Union, a result from the common efforts of UNCCD and IOM.  

59/12  In almost every region, population growth, rapid urbanization, rising levels of consumption, desertification, land degradation and climate change have combined to leave countries suffering from severe water scarcity.​ Landmark UNEP Assessment puts State of the World's Environment under the microscope. Rate of environmental damage increasing across the Planet but there is still time to reverse worst impacts if Governments act now. Read more in our Be among the first to know 25 May 2016​

58/11 Does Land Degradation Increase Poverty in Developing Countries? Land degradation is a global problem that particularly impacts the poor rural inhabitants of low and middle income countries.​

The impact of land degradation is much more severe on people who don’t have the resources to mask it. But it’s a global problem, not just a developing world problem.​ People on degraded land cut off from economic growth. See why?​ Read Be among the first to know 19 May 2016​

Pasión por la tierra. Crónicas de naturaleza y territorio. (Prof. José Luis Rubio). Fruit of columns of environmental scientific opinion published in 95 columns in the newspaper El Mundo, the author offers a wide variety of topics related to the curiosities and secrets of the functioning of the natural world around us, their connection with society, people and the science.On the other hand, it is an emerging theme influenced by serious problems that go beyond the purely environmental field with significant impact on economic and social aspects. Climate change, desertification, forced migration and food insecurity are some of them​​. More

57/10 Cost of Adapting to Climate Change Could Hit $500 Billion per year by 2050. Failure to cut emissions will dramatically increase the annual costs of adaptation, which could be up to five times higher by 2050 than previously thought. ​The 2016 Adaptation Finance Gap Report explores the costs of meeting adaptation needs and assesses the funding that is available for meeting those needs. It suggests that although international public funding for adaptation has increased in recent years, the previous assessments of the costs of adaptation have involved significant underestimates. Read the latest Be among the first to know 11 May 2016​ ​

56/9 Land is a valuable and limited resource. Better integration of land use impacts needed across EU policies​. The report "The direct and indirect impacts of EU policies on land"  looks at : key aspects of land use, including land take, which is when land is ‘taken’ or developed for infrastructure.​ 

Follow Be among the first to know 6 May 2016​ to learn more.

55/8 No net land take by 2050? What measures can avoid, reduce or compensate for land take? Land and soil are limited natural resources essential to all human life. One of the major environmental challenges facing Europe is an increasing demand for development, which threatens these ecosystem services, such as water recycling and purification, carbon storage, and food and fuel — as well as biodiversity.​ Follow Be among the first to know 3 May 2016​

54/7 HOT -OFF the press, four new UNCCD publications :

  1. ​"A Natural Fix: A joined-up approach to delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development"
  2. "Land Degradation Neutrality: The target setting programme"
  3. "The Great Green Wall: Hope for the Sahara and the Sahel​"​
  4. The UNCCD: Securing life on land (2016-2017)
​Read more in our Be among the first to know 27 April 2016​

World's Largest Lesson​. Teach about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development where you can find lesson plans created by teachers, a teachers' guide, a comic book, a wonderful animation, a Global Goals guide for young people, and much more...​See what we have for Goal 15 Life on land and the nice poster.

53/6 The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond. How will Africa achieve a greener future? The scientific community must develop and apply the zero net livelihood degradation as an enhanced protocol to combat desertification that should foster sustainable livelihood and more in Be among the first to know​ 18 April​​ ​2016

52/5 The '2016 Global Food Policy Report: How we Feed the World is Unsustainable' of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) analyzes food policy developments in 2015, assesses challenges and opportunities for the coming year, and investigates the role of food systems in achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)among which the SDG15. More you can find in 

Chapter 5 Land and Soil Management: Promoting Healthy Soils for Healthier Agricultural Systems​Follow our Be among the first to know​ 7 April 2016


51/4) Disasters in Asia and the Pacific: 2015 Year in Review​,” the report warns that the region's burgeoning cities may not be adequately equipped to tackle urban disasters that occur more frequently and with greater intensity. Over 700 million people in the region live in cities at 'extreme' or 'high' disaster risk, and by 2030 this number could reach one billion.

The WOCAT Secretariat has announced that the WOCAT tablet app is now available for free download on Google Play and Itunes. It is an educational tool that introduces you to Sustainable Land Management (SLM). It illustrates how land users around the globe care for their land and maintain healthy natural resources: soils, water, and vegetation and presents good practices. 

Desertification study proposes new decision-making method for complex environmental problems,  like desertification, which also have important social and economic implications, could be improved by employing methods outlined in a new study. The study outlines the steps taken by researchers on behalf of the Canary Islands government in devising a policy strategy for tackling desertification​ and describes a three-step methodology and participatory decision-making process. Source: EC



50/3) New Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas (GSBA)offers amazing photos, maps, charts, statistics, and shared information that scientists, educators, policy makers, and non-specialists alike can use as a toolkit for knowing and understanding soil biodiversity globally More

Read the latest issue of our Be among the first to know 23 February 2016


49/2) The human cost of weather related disasters 1995-2015The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today 11 February 2016.

The analysis and the infographics show that over the last twenty years, 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events. Read more in our Be among the first to know 12 February 2016 


48/1) Be among the first to know: About land, SDGs, security, migration, drought, gender, the global risks and the economic prospects in latest reports you can find in our Be among the first to know January 2016 issue HERE


47) Land in the new climate regime and more: Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality is one of the year 2030 targets (target 15.3) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and more about the first global fund dedicated to achieving Land Degradation Neutrality the LDN Fund .

Read the new publications:
The latest study:
and much more about Land in the new climate regime  in our December  Be among the first to know issue here



46) Pivotal Soil Carbon- the new UNCCD publication on the way to UNFCCC COP 21. Environmental change and carbon are intrinsically linked. When contained in greenhouse gases, carbon is a part of the problem. But in its organic form in the soil, carbon represents a major part of the solution. Ensuring full accounting of soil organic carbon as a terrestrial carbon sink  under a future climate agreement  is both essential and feasible. Read more here in our new Be among the first to know issue.​

45) Land matters for climate: Reducing the gap and approaching the target​. The UNCCD new publication is just out.

The land use sector represents almost 25% of totall global emissions.

These emissions can be reduced.This brief on the land climate nexus is an initial contribution to the development of the Global Land Outlook (GLO) as a new strategic communications product​. Read more HERE​.

See all events with UNCCD at Climate Change COP 21

44) Land matters. It is worthy putting it as bluntly as that. It feeds and nourishes us. It provides fuel to warm us and the home we live in. Its loss is a real world driver and amplifier of instability. Humans will fight to defend their land and kill to grab enough land for their needs. Read about the forthcoming new publication "Land restoration: reclaiming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future"

43) Just published!  Living land This is a book by experts for everyone who cares about our planet’s future!​ A co-publication between Tudor Rose and UNCCD for the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification (UNDDD 2010-2020)​  Read more here

42) Migration and environmental change: examining the relationship.Over coming years, migration flows related to climate change are expected to increase, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. Apart from climate change, land degradation, in the form of loss of nutrients, soil erosion, pollution and salinisation can also drive changes that lead to migration. Read the latest thematic issue"Migration in responce to environmental change" compiled by EC Science for Environment policy


41) On 25 September 2015, 193 countries came together in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. SDG 15 calls for the protection, restoration and sustainable management of landbased ecosystems.In doing so target 15.3 specifically aims to achieve a LandDegradation Neutral World by the year 2030. Pope Francis: What He Told the United Nations General Assembly?Government leaders must do everything possible to ensure that all can have the minimum spiritual and material means needed to live in dignity and to create and support a family, which is the primary cell of any social development. In practical terms, this absolute minimum has three names: lodging, labor, and land; and one spiritual name: spiritual freedom, which includes religious freedom, the right to education and other civil rights. Read more in our Be among the first to know issue


40)  Greening the desert with pastures, orchards, legume crops, medicinal plants and potato farms. New initiatives like on-farm trials for seed potato production have the potential of benefiting farmers in the arid regions of Rajasthan, India. Existing initiatives such as intercropping legumes with fruit trees and medicinal plants, developing community pastures for livestock, harvesting rainwater and making the most of scarce groundwater resources have already increased productivity and incomes of farmers. (ICRISAT​)

39) All human life ultimately depends on land including the soil and water found there. From land, food is grown, on it protective shelters are raised, and through and across it the fresh water we drink is purified and delivered. Land provides humans with the means to live, and from the first steps tread upon it, has been a patient provider of vital resources. ELD Initiative (2015). The value of land: Prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management


38) ​Economics of sustainable land management.The objective of the current paper is to review the recent advances in economic literature on land degradation. In doing so, the paper seeks to answer three research questions:(1) what are the costs of land degradation at the global and regional levels, and how do the costs of action against land degradation compare with the costs of inaction?,(2) what are the new insights on the drivers of land degradation and on its socio-economic impacts?, and(3) what are the major continuing gaps in economic studies of land degradation?From "Economics of sustainable land management "( A. Mirzabaev, E. Nkonya, Joachim von Braun) in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability Volume 15, August 2015, Pages 9–19.


37) How Ethiopia Went from Famine Crisis to Green Revolution?What most people probably don’t know is that Ethiopia has made significant progress during the last 20 years in restoring its degraded lands and improving its food and water security. According to Belgian and Ethiopian researchers,” Northern Ethiopia is now greener than it has ever been during the last 145 years,” and “human investments have overridden the impacts of climate change.” So what happened, learn here?


36) With an expected 9.5 billion people living on earth by 2050, population pressure, higher consumer expectations and climate change will tax and degrade our natural resource base, especially the LAND.  With an increasing awareness of the potential of land to meet public and private development goals, land is being seen as an ever more attractive investment vehicle. From "Reaping the rewards: Financing Land Degradation Neutrality" Read more in our Be among the first to know from 28 July 2015


35) As discussions accelerate towards the Paris summit three major publications attracted attention:

  • 2015 Global Climate Ligislation Study (Grathham Research Institute)
  • China's"new normal":Structural change, better growth and peak emissions
  • Zero Net Deforestation:Status report (WWF-UK)

 Read more in our Be among the first to know from 9 June 2015 ..


34) Regreening Africa could help stem the tide of migration. "Scaling up regreening: Six steps to success. A practical approach to forest and landscape restoration" by World Resources Institute, Chris Reij and Robert Winterbottom ( May 22 2015)  Read more 


33) Catastrophe sneaks upon us! ....In more than seven African countries, half their population was affected by land degradation, and in nine countries over half their land area was affected ( May 6 2015)


32) Restoration bonds: A catalyst to restore ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes from the latest WRI brief "Revaluing Ecosystems: Pathways For Scaling up the Inclusion of Ecosystem Value in Decision Making"(May 4 2015)


31) April 23 - World Book and Copyright Day- an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better. Can a novel or a poem make a more sustainable world? The answer is with you… we offer you an annotated list of literary works (among which a few nonfiction ones) that have reflected the major world's environmental problems and disasters.


30) The Road to Ankara and to a Land Degradation Neutral World.25% of usable global land is degraded, and this has a corresponding estimated economic loss of USD 40 billion per year ( April 21 2015)


29) G7 make climate change and fragility a foreign policy priority (April 16 2015)


28) Feeding the world’s population while ensuring environmental sustainability is one of the world’s ‘grand challenges’ - Food Security, Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2015 (April 15 2015)


27) Boserup and Beyond: Mounting Land Pressures and Development Strategies in Africa ( Food policy journal special issue -OPEN ACCESS (April 10 2015)


26) Biodiversity damage mapped by global land-use study.Researchers found that the worst-affected areas had lost one in three of their species, enough to substantially impact the functioning of those environments. (April 2 2015)


25) Two degree Celsius climate change target 'utterly inadequate', expert argues. The findings are timely as the long-term goal to stay below 2°C warming is currently undergoing a 2013-15 Review, the results of which are expected this June and could be adopted in Paris at COP21 in December 2015.(March 30 2015)


24) Tracking New Climate Action Plans in the Lead-Up to COP 21 in Paris. CAIT Climate Data Explorer and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). (March 27 2015)


23)Increase water harvesting in Africa - Meeting global food needs requires strategies for storing rainwater and retaining soil moisture to bridge dry spells, urge Johan Rockström and Malin Falkenmark.(March 23 2015)


22) World Water Development Report 2015, Water for a Sustainable World launched TODAY ! (March 20 2015)


21)The launch of 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report (IFPRI) (March 18 2015)


20)Map of the week and more from " Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel: Geography, Economics and Security"- maps and data in e- files (March 18 2015)


19) UNCCD Library Book of the month: Soil Atlas 2015: Facts and figures about earth, land and fields (March 17 2015)


18) Next-generation soil information system of Africa(March 9 2015)


17) The European Environment Agency’s five-yearly assessment ‘The European environment – state and outlook 2015’ (SOER 2015)(March 3 2015)


16) Drylands: Desolate, scorched, uninhabitable? Scientists say otherwise. The special issue of "Frontiers in ecology and the environment journal" - Emerging perspectives and shifting paradigms in water limited systems is just out with a special focus on dryland landscapes​​ . (February 3 2015)


15) Using Land for Biofuels Falls Short -What is the role of bioenergy in a sustainable food future? Why Dedicating Land to Bioenergy Won't Curb Climate Change? the answers in the new WRI paper(February 5 2015)


14) Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality In Practice (February 6 2015)


13) Climate change to shift global spread and quality of agricultural land. Changing temperatures and rainfall patterns contribute to soil erosion and desertification. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region predicted to lose the most land suited to growing crops (February 12 2015)​


12) Why Europe should care more about environmental degradation triggering insecurity- Hartmut Behrend in " Global Affairs" Volume 1 Issue 1 2015 (February 17 2015)


11) Doing business with nature: Opportunities from natural capital.Natural resources and conflict; A guide to mediation practitioners.Building cross cutting skills and landscapes knowledge for effective youth leadership. Explore a tapestry of World Ecosystems (February 19)


10) Dry soils exacerbated 2006 heatwave in Northern France -The approach outlined in this study may be adapted for other regions and could be useful for predicting future heatwaves ( February 26 2015)


9) Left unchecked, Western Diets could derail climate action..If current consumption trends continue, with meat consumption in emerging and developing countries increasing but remaining considerably below Western levels, we will stay on track for a global temperature rise of ​two degrees.(January 30 2015)​


8) Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus- A new IRENA report, says that integrating renewable energy in the agrifood supply chain alone could help to rein in cost volatility, bolster energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to long-term food sustainability(January 30 2015)


7) Reorienting land degradation towards sustainable land management: Linking sustainable livelihoods with ecosystem services in rangeland systems( January 23 2015)


6) OECD West African Studies has published "An Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel: Geography, Economics and Security "--The nature of conflict and instability has changed (January 22 2015)


5) We need to move from the ‘food versus fuel’ debate to a ‘food and fuel’ debate. There is no question: food comes first. But biofuels should not be simply seen as a threat or as a magical solution. Like anything else, they can do good or bad.(Mr. Graziano da Silva FAO) Radical shift in agriculture critical to making future food systems smarter, more efficient (January 20 2015)


4) Genetic diversity a hidden tool in coping with climate change (FAO). Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected.(January 19 2015)


3)​ Agricultural value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa. From a development challenge to a business opportunity . Job creation is one of SSA’s top challenges and agriculture accounts for over half of total employment.(January 15 )


2) Taylor&Francis Group will be offering on a regular basis this year a lot of articles as an open access, today the library presents the Environment & Agriculture journals selection​ ( January 9 )


1) ​​Long-term involvement of stakeholders in research projects on desertification and land degradation: How has their perception of the issues changed and what strategies have emerged for combating desertification? Original Research Article published in the latest​ ..(January 5 2015)​​​​​​​​​


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