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Our work & impact


The UNCCD is the global voice for land. We promote practices that avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation and are the driving force behind Sustainable Development Goal 15 and Land Degradation Neutrality.  

The state of the land affects everyone and caring for it is our shared responsibility. Our flagship initiatives engage governments, scientists, farmers, the private sector and local communities to improve land health and productivity:

Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Target-Setting Programme unites over 120 counties that are setting voluntary targets to achieve LDN, protect and restore land resources, build resilience of land-dependent communities and promote responsible land governance..

The Drought Initiative promotes a shift to proactive drought management, working with countries to develop national drought plans and developing an interactive Drought Toolbox that enables users to design custom drought solutions.

The Great Green Wall Initiative aims to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes and transform millions of lives with the ambition to restore 100 million ha of degraded land, sequester 250 million tons of carbon and create 10 million green jobs.

Capacity Building Marketplace connects iusers to learning, funding and career opportunities, enabling them to share knowledge while growing the network of sustainable land management partners.

Global land restoration footprint
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The new publication "Restoring Life to the Land – The Role of Sustainable Land Management in Ecosystem Restoration" prepared jointly by UNCCD Secretariat and WOCAT illustrates how Sustainable Land Management (SLM) experience feeds directly into ecosystem restoration…


million hectares of degraded land will be restored in the Sahel thanks to the Great Green Wall initiative


countries and counting have set their voluntary national LDN target

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Further reading

Changwon Initiative

More than 100 countries participate in the Changwon Initiative. The initiative supports national voluntary target setting processes to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). It has also contributed to the preparation of action-oriented projects and programmes to…

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Land for Life Programme

Desertification and land degradation affect around three billion people worldwide. Science tells us that land restoration is a cost-effective way to combat climate change and biodiversity loss. At the same time, reclaiming land helps us transition toward a green…

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