Securing our common future

Land for Life

Right now nearly two billion hectares of land twice the size of China – that could be restored and rehabilitated globally. To achieve this goal, significant attention on a global scale must be drawn to this critical issue. The Land for Life Programme was launched at UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP) 10 in 2011 in the Republic of Korea as part of the Changwon Initiative. The Programme seeks to confront the challenges of land degradation and desertification.

To demonstrate that land degradation neutrality (LDN) is necessary and achievable, the Land for Life programme engages in awareness raising and knowledge support and offers the Land for Life Award to encourage and draw attention to organizations and individuals engaging in land rehabilitation efforts.

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 sustainable land management (SLM). 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 to land issues.

These activities include:

  • Lobbying policymakers to adopt LDN targets
  • Highlighting SLM success stories and the efforts of Land for Life Award winners
  • Facilitating public outreach activities such as: 
    • Producing educational videos
    • Holding photo contests focused on stakeholders and land issues
    • Sharing and disseminating knowledge
    • Conducting media trainings and other relevant activities
    • Organizing campaigns and e-Forums


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