New GM briefing note: land degradation, poverty and inequality

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New Delhi, India – The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD has just released a new briefing note that explores interlinkages between land degradation, poverty and inequality, making the case that investing in land degradation neutrality (LDN) – Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 15.3 – matters for some of the most pressing country priorities, such as ending poverty (SDG 1) and reducing inequality (SDG 10). Land degradation can generate or reinforce poverty and inequality by impacting disproportionally populations that largely depend on land resources for their livelihood.

Evidence from more than 800 subnational regions shows that those places with the highest proportion of degrade degraded land are also home to the most disadvantaged people of society in terms of poverty and inequality calling for measures that alleviate their situation. This briefing note was jointly developed by Global Mechanism of UNCCD, Conservation International and German Development Institute.

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