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Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Target Setting Building Block Four – Achieving LDN Targets

Long-term Sustainable Financing for LDN

(Source: "Achieving land degradation neutrality at the global level," a publication produced by the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD)

The Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) concept has been developed to encourage implementation of an optimal mix of measures designed to avoid, reduce, and/or reverse land degradation in order to achieve a state of no net loss of healthy and productive land. At the core of LDN are better land management practices and better land use planning that will improve economic, social and ecological sustainability for present and future generations.

The LDN Target Setting Programme (LDN TSP), led by the UNCCD Global Mechanism, is assisting countries in making the LDN concept a reality by 2030, by providing

An environment that facilitates the implementation of LDN actions is a prerequisite for achieving LDN. An enabling environment makes integrating the LDN concept and actions into national policies easier and helps identify large-scale, innovative and transformative LDN programmes and projects.

Mainstream LDN

Once LDN targets and measures are set, they must be effectively mainstreamed into national development priorities, including the SDGs and national planning processes.

The UNCCD NAPs, which were designed to be the basic national planning documents for UNCCD implementation, frequently include an assessment of the enabling environment. The LDN target setting process can be used to update and complement these assessments and to propose specific ways of enhancing policy, legislative, institutional and coordination frameworks essential for achieving LDN.

  • Strategic mapping of mainstreaming opportunities is recommended to identify relevant policy processes at (sub-) national and sectoral levels.
  • Integrated land-use planning is based on the evaluation of the potential impacts of different land-use options. LDN must become an essential component of integrated land-use planning.
  • LDN targets and measures must be effectively communicated at the national level across various channels, reaching a wide variety of stakeholders, from local communities to policy makers.

Achieve LDN through increased investments

Identifying new investment opportunities for financing key measures to achieve LDN is crucial. This may involve the pre-identification and subsequent formulation of transformative LDN proposals for projects and programmes targeting multiple sources of finance such as the national budget, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, development banks and emerging finance mechanisms, including the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the LDN Fund spearheaded by the UNCCD’s Global Mechanism.

Securing private sector involvement and assessing innovative sources of finance through the LDN target setting process at the country level are ways to support the development of bankable LDN projects, and a milestone in achieving LDN on a large scale.

Establish LDN-related partnerships

Strong partnerships must be forged between a range of stakeholders involved in land management and stewardship on order for LDN to become a reality. The following elements are key to this process.

  • Integration of LDN as guiding principle by all land-related ministries and on all levels - central, provincial and local, including in local development plans
  • Establishment of public-private partnerships through which private companies invest in sustainable management practices, including development of bankable transformative LDN projects and programmes
  • Mobilization of blended finance from a broad spectrum of public and private sources, including the GCF, GEF, multilateral development banks, regional development banks and other partners
  • Participation in national, regional and global initiatives that promote upscaling SLM and restoration activities to create the synergies required for LDN implementation

What are the expected outputs/outcomes?

  • LDN is included in selected policies and commitments
  • Transformative LDN projects/programmes and innovative financing sources are mapped out

What support does the LDN TSP provide to participating countries?

  • Support in identifying global and national policy processes and country commitments with potential for LDN inclusion
  • Support in mapping of transformative LDN projects/programmes and innovative finance
  • Support in creating awareness of the benefits of LDN and the LDN target-setting process
  • Support in establishing partnerships with key stakeholders to promote and scale up implementation of the LDN response hierarchy

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Learn more about the LDN Target-setting Building Blocks:

Building Block 1

Building Block 2

Building Block 3