The LDN Target Setting Programme

As of today,  128 countries have committed to set LDN targets

128 countries map LDN

The LDN Target Setting Programme

Through the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Target Setting Programme, the Global Mechanism (GM) and the secretariat of the UNCCD, in collaboration with multiple international partners, are supporting interested countries with their national LDN target setting process, including setting national baselines, targets and associated measures to achieve LDN.

To date, over 120 countries have committed to setting LDN targets. More than 80 countries – over two thirds – have already set their targets, and many have secured high-level government commitment to achieve LDN. Full details of the LDN targets, as well as country reports on the target setting process and the country commitments to achieve LDN, are now available on the UNCCD Knowledge Hub.

LDN targets and synergies with the SDGs 

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.” 

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

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

The LDN targets address SDG target 15.3 and many other SDGs in a synergistic and cost-effective manner, and in accordance with countries’ specific national contexts and development priorities. These targets also strengthen the implementation of the countries’ UNCCD National Action Programmes.

GM support to countries setting LDN targets

Countries receive technical guidance and specialized expertise throughout the targe-setting process, linked to the four building blocks for LDN target setting: 

  1. Leveraging LDN: facilitating the engagement of decision makers and stakeholders involved in land management and the LDN target-setting process
  2. Assessing LDN: strengthening countries’ capacities for making informed decisions on what action to take by assessing the current state of land and the drivers of land degradation, using the best available data
  3. Setting LDN targets and associated measures: supporting countries to define country’s ambitions in combating land degradation by defining LDN targets and measures, and
  4. Achieving LDN: helping countries to create an enabling environment by integrating LDN into national policies and identifying investment opportunities along with transformative LDN programmes and projects 

Countries seeking support from the GM of the UNCCD to set voluntary LDN targets can send a letter of interest via the UNCCD National Focal Point Institution to Requests for additional information on LDN Programme can be sent to the same address. 


  • European Space Agency 
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Global Environment Facility
  • Government of France
  • Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Government of the Republic of Korea
  • Government of Luxembourg
  • Government of Spain
  • Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Government of the Republic of Turkey
  • Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  • International Soil Reference and Information Centre 
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature 
  • Joint Research Centre of the European Commission 
  • Soil Leadership Academy 
  • United Nations Development Programme 
  • United Nations Environment Programme 
  • World Resources Institute