Securing our common future

Land for Life

Globally, nearly two billion hectares of land twice the size of China – can be restored and rehabilitated. In order to transform the degraded land to its productive state, significant attention must be drawn to achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN). The Land for Life Programme was launched at the 10th UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP10) in 2011 in the Republic of Korea as part of the Changwon Initiative. The Programme seeks to confront the challenges of land degradation, desertification and mitigation of drought.

To demonstrate that LDN is necessary and achievable, the Land for Life Programme engages in awareness raising and knowledge support.  Every two years, the Programme offers the Land for Life Award which aims to provide global recognition to individuals and organizations whose work and initiatives have made a significant contribution to sustainable development through sustainable land management (SLM).

We believe that everyone can make a difference, from ordinary individuals and farmers to political leaders, businesses, scientists and media channels. There are also many ways to support SLM practices. These include policy implementation, innovation, changing agricultural practices, education and awareness-raising. 

The Land for Life Programme engages in a variety of awareness-raising and knowledge support activities to provide information and sensitize the public about the importance of land for their life.

These activities include:

  • Advocating LDN 
  • Highlighting SLM success stories and the achievements of Land for Life Award winners
  • Promoting public outreach activities such as: 
    • Producing educational videos
    • Holding photo contests
    • Sharing and disseminating knowledge
    • Conducting media trainings
    • Organizing campaigns and e-Forums


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