Numbers can tell a compelling story. In this brochure, the numbers highlight how much we rely on productive land. Amongst other valuable services, land feeds our families, provides fresh water and powers our future ambitions. Much of the data collected here, however, demonstrate how close we are to pushing our relationship with the land to breaking point.
The magnitude of the challenges and potential consequences of failing to implement bold action on land and soil, in terms of future social stability and economic development, should not be underestimated. Despite the ominous facts and
Volume 4 in a series titled “A Better World”, the book sub-titled “Life on Land” is published for the United Nations by UK publisher, Tudor Rose. “Life on Land” is about Sustainable Development Goal 15, and target 15.3 more specifically, which is about achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) globally by 2030. Land degradation neutrality is the technical term referring to intentional actions to avoid, reduce and reverse degradation of the land.
The book features contributions by UNCCD staff on the importance of Goal 15 and the current status of achieving LDN and covers a range of
The 3S Initiative – for Sustainability, Stability and Security in Africa – is an inter-governmental initiative helping to transform the narrative and unlock Africa’s potential.
Countries participating in the 3S Initiative believe that social inclusion can be achieved hand-in-hand with environmental stewardship. If we harness Africa’s great strengths – its land, its traditions and its people - we can create at least 2 million job opportunities on 10 million hectares of rehabilitated land in the next few years. By reducing vulnerability and building a future from the ground up, the 3S
The Convention recognizes the importance of women in the implementation of the Convention, and identifies critical areas for their engagement: (i) awareness-raising, and participation in the design and implementation of programmes; (ii) decision-making processes that men and women adopt at the local level in the governance of development, implementation and review of regional and national action programmes (RAPs and NAPs); and (iii) capacity-building, education and public awareness, particularly at local level through the support of local organizations. The adoption, in September 2017, of a
THE BIG PICTURE: LAND UNDER PRESSURE
The current pressures on land are huge and expected to continue growing: there is rapidly escalating competition between the demand for land functions that provide food, water, and energy, and those services that support and regulate all life cycles on Earth.
Land is finite in quantity, however: the evidence presented in this Outlook suggests that, with changes in consumer and corporate behavior, and the adoption of more efficient planning and sustainable practices, we will have sufficient land available in the longterm to meet both the demand for
Transformative projects and programmes along with innovative finance are at the core of successful action to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality. Today, the pressure on global land resources is greater than ever. The Earth’s population is fast approaching the 10 billion mark. We will need more food, more energy and more water from the land to survive. These ever-increasing demands on the land multiply the threat posed by land degradation to our common future. Indeed, land degradation is a threat to human security. To address this threat effectively, we will need to shift our focus away from
Land is an essential building block of civilization yet its contribution to our quality of life is perceived and valued in starkly different and often incompatible ways. Conflicts about land use are intensifying in many countries. The world has reached a point where we must reconcile these differences and rethink the way in which we use and manage the land.
The evidence presented in this first edition of the Global Land Outlook demonstrates that informed and responsible decision-making, along with simple changes in our everyday lives, can if widely adopted help to reverse the current
The report provides scientifically sound practical guidance for selecting SLM practices that help address DLDD, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and for creating an enabling environment for their large-scale implementation considering local realities. It targets a broad audience from scientists, policy makers, landowners, community stakeholders and enterprises.
Land provides crucial ecosystem services for human existence and human well-being, including provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services. Those services provide among others the production of fresh air, food, feed, fuel and fibre. They regulate the risks of natural hazards and climate change, offer cultural and spiritual values to our society, and support key ecological functions such as nutrient and water cycling, filtering and buffering, and are central to economic vitality. However, Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) as well as climate change can negatively
Land for Life Award recognizes the excellence and innovation of individuals, groups, institutions and businesses whose work and initiatives have made a significant contribution in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality. With the theme “Land and Human Security”, the 2017 Land for Life Award has been awarded to nominees whose work has demonstrated tangible evidence of transforming the lives of communities suffering from the impacts of land degradation.
“The winners show that restoration of degraded land can halt distress migration that is driven by unproductive land resources. Families and
The Sustainable Development Goal 15 “Life on land” commits world leaders to work together to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) for safeguarding life on land. One of the objectives that comprise LDN is to reinforce responsible governance of land tenure. Land rights are a key factor for achieving LDN. This publication by the UNCCD CSO Panel aims to analyze and highlight the linkages between land rights and land degradation with the objective of offering policy recommendations to enhance land rights for both the prevention of land degradation and the recovery of degraded lands.
The Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) provides a scientific foundation for understanding, implementing and monitoring LDN. It has been designed to create a bridge between the vision and the practical implementation of LDN, by defining LDN in operational terms. The conceptual framework is a product of the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface.
Poor rural women in developing countries are critical to the survival of their families. Fertile land is their lifeline. But the number of people negatively affected by land degradation is growing rapidly. Crop failures, water scarcity and the migration of traditional crops are damaging rural livelihoods. Action to halt the loss of more fertile land must focus on households. At this level, land use is based on the roles assigned to men and women. This is where the tide can begin to turn. As we embark on a new strategy for 2018-2030, we must build on these lessons with a focused, systematic and
Becoming land degradation neutral is not simply about restoring degraded lands. It is about self interest making sure the land can still provide food and fresh water for us, our children, and to the third and fourth generations. It is about giving every child, from Mongolia to Afghanistan and from Ethiopia to China, the fighting chance for a better life. If this all sounds too good to be true, read this book. The pictures show the transformation and testimonies of families and communities rising from ruin and thriving, and of a restored man-made desert spawning a millionaire after
Land in Balance is a science-policy brief prepared by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI). It gives an overview of the scientific conceptual framework for land degradation neutrality (LDN). The conceptual framework creates a common understanding of the LDN objective and consistency in approaches to achieving LDN.
The UNCCD Secretariat and the Global Mechanism, in collaboration with a dozen bilateral and multilateral partners are supporting countries on the LDN target setting journey. The building blocks of this journey presented here are the result of extensive discussions with country Parties and stakeholders. They also draw on the lessons from 14 pioneer countries’ experiences of how to put the evolving LDN concept into practice.
Fourteen countries, from all regions, in different ecological and socio-economic conditions, were at the forefront of this exciting experiment.Some of the biggest lessons learned from the pilot and the recommendations for the UN SDG process are showcased in this publication. We found that land degradation is a universal problem. It takes a variety of forms and affects communities and ecosystems differently in different climatic zones.
With an expected 9.5 billion people living on earth by 2050, population pressure, higher consumer expectations and climate change will tax and degrade our natural resource base, especially the land. Land degradation puts the livelihoods of billions of people at risk. It threatens the future sustainability of the entire planet. Land degradation is not a stand-alone issue however. It is closely linked to job creation, food and water security, migration and urbanization, climate change mitigation and adaptation, economic competition and resource conflict. From the local to the global level,
This brochure highlights the impact of current droughts as well as presenting projections for the future. It strongly suggests that overcoming the prevailing paradigm of ‘reactive’ and ‘crisis-based’ approaches to drought and moving towards ‘proactive’ and ‘risk-based’ approaches will be indispensable to reducing the risks and mitigating the impacts of droughts, floods and other extreme weather events. It explains how, against this backdrop, the UNCCD is ramping up its work on drought and water scarcity issues at large.
Achieving LDN requires a paradigm shift in land stewardship: from ‘degrade-abandon-migrate’ to ‘protect-sustain-restore’. This is the rationale that underpins the LDN Target Setting Programme that became operational in spring 2016. Through this programme, the UNCCD’s operational arm — the Global Mechanism — is supporting a rapidly growing number of countries that have committed to setting national voluntary LDN targets.