The LDN Target Setting Programme

As of today,  120 countries have committed to set LDN targets

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List of countries setting LDN targets (as of December 2018)

The LDN Target Setting Programme

The Secretariat and the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD are supporting interested countries in the national land degradation neutrality (LDN) target setting process, including the definition of national baselines, targets and associated measures to achieve LDN by 2030 through the LDN Target Setting Programme (TSP).

Why are countries setting LDN Targets?

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 states: “By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world”.

Target 15.3 has therefore become a strong vehicle for driving UNCCD implementation, while at the same time contributing to other SDGs, including those relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration, food and water security, disaster risk reduction, and poverty.

At the 12th session of the Conference of Parties of the UNCCD held in October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey, country Parties reached a breakthrough agreement to endorse this vision and link the implementation of the Convention to the SDGs in general, and target 15.3 in particular.

The LDN Target Setting Programme (LDN TSP)


Today is a new day for the land

Antonis Samaras

To date, 120 countries have participated in the LDN TSP (see list). This global programme is implemented in cooperation with numerous partners, including  the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Space Agency, International Soil Reference and Information Centre, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, World Resources Institute (WRI), Soil Leadership Academy (SLA), and the Government of the Republic of Turkey (though the Ankara Initiative), Germany, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Republic of Korea (through the Changwon Initiative).

Supporting countries to set LDN targets