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What is land degradation and why it matters for business? Is degraded land an under performing asset?
The objective of LDN is to maintain or even improve the amount of ecologically healthy and productive land resources over time, and to do it in line with national sustainable development priorities. Businesses, through their operations, impact land and depend on land according to their business mode…
Land resources are one of nature’s most precious gifts. They feed us and help our societies and economies to thrive.
New FAO study provides the most detailed snapshot to date on trees, forests and land use in the world's drylands.
The authors identified seven compound risks that make climate change a serious threat. These complex, systemic risks emerge when climate change interacts with other stressors and pressures such as increasing demand for resources, environmental degradation, unequal economic development, population gr…
Opportunities for growth and development, even in regions vulnerable to drought, will open up if water is sufficiently available.
Land Degradation & Development © John Wiley & Sons Ltd Volume 27, Issue 8 Pages 1781 - 1872, November 2016 Special Issue: Desertification: History, Causes and Options for its Control
This page contains a compilation of metadata received as of 4 March 2016 from UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, other UN offices and entities, Regional Commissions, and other international and regional organisations on the suggested global indicators that the IAEG-SDGs has presented to the United N…
The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has launched its 2016 flagship report titled, ‘Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.The publication draws on policy innovations from the South, analyzes which policies and pra…
The Sixth Global Forum on Gender Statistics discussed ways to improve the collection, production, dissemination and use of data on gender to support progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). The UN Statistics…
Soil erosion is a significant problem in the Ethiopian highlands. The objective of this study was to investigate how farmers perceive the severity of soil erosion in the Upper Blue Nile Basin. The study is based on a detailed survey of 300 households and 1010 plots owned by these households in three…
Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000. This means that these investors possess approximately 2 per cent of the arable land worldwide, or roughly the equivalent to the total area covered by United Kin…
People rush to the beach during heat waves in the Mediterranean region, which will get more extreme as the globe warms. If the Earth warms much more than it already has, the climate and ecosystems of the Mediterranean region might suddenly become unrecognizable, according to a new study. The study,…
A range of international bodies like the United Nations and the Rio Conventions set international targets like the Sustainable Development Goals and specific targets to combat poverty, climate change and desertification. Many of these targets are directly related to our natural environment, includin…
Agroforestry — managing trees alongside crop or animal-production systems — has been proposed as a means of protecting biodiversity and enhancing ecosystem service supply. A study bringing together evidence has confirmed that agroforestry does have an overall positive effect over conventional (separ…
Sustainable management of the natural resources is one of the key issues that the international community will have to address over the next two decades. An overview of where land and soil degradation takes place, at what intensity and how land users are addressing this problem through sustainable l…
The key to managing conflict and cooperation over water.
This paper reviews the role of dry forests in providing goods and services to the rural poor.
WRI worked with experts at Mars to analyze the company’s footprint and develop sustainability targets for land, water and climate. These targets, currently under review with the company’s leadership, take into account the latest science on the global carbon budget, water stress and other ecological…
The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report that highlights increasing productivity in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean but finds 56 percent of rural workers face lower wages and social protection and prevalence of poverty compared to 27 percent of workers in urban…
A new online knowledge hub launched today provides an unparalleled view of multilateral, national and sub-national efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s SDG Knowledge Hub consolidates our Policy & Practice knowledgebase…
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) released data showing that 71% of migrants on Mediterranean routes to Europe experience “exploitation and practices which may amount to human trafficking.” IOM’s data analyze the scale of abuse, exploitation and trafficking experienced by migrants o…
Stanford researchers capture Central Asia’s 'de-greening' over millions of years into a modern-day desert. The new study chronicles how central Asia dried out over the last 23 million years into one of the most arid regions on the planet. The findings illustrate the dramatic climatic shifts wrought…
"Ignoring land degradation neutrality ( LDN ) could be political suicide.” Monique Barbut, the UNCCD Executive Secretary Moreover, she stressed that LDN remains a Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs ) target – under Goal 15 – and populations will experience real benefits in terms of climate change,…
Securing our need for food has become a major threat to the environment, driving increased emissions and over-exploitation of natural resources such as water, soil and fish. Our health and well-being have also been affected. Ensuring nutritious food for all in a fair and environmentally sound way ha…