Policy makers for land degradation neutrality

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What can policy makers do now to advance the land degradation neutrality (LDN) concept?

(source: "Land in Balance", a science-policy brief prepared by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI))

1. Ensure an enabling environment

  • Responsible governance of land resources including tenure.
  • Mechanism for integrated land use planning.
  • Multi-stakeholder platforms and frameworks at local, national and regional levels to collaborate in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating LDN interventions.
  • Policies that incentivize Sustainable Land Management (SLM).

2. Set voluntary targets

3. Integrate and leverage

  • Integrate LDN targets and policies with broader sustainable development strategies.
  • Leverage ongoing activities of all the Rio conventions in order to maximize efficiency and deliver effective solutions.

4. Initiate preliminary assessments

  • The key to achieving LDN is in making the most effective land use planning decisions.

Assessments of land potential, land degradation status and the resilience of the land use system, followed by a socioeconomic assessment of alternative options, create a strong foundation for land use decision-making.

Sources/Links:

UNCCD SPI Science-Policy Brief September 2016

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