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With an increasing awareness of the potential of land to meet public and private development goals, land is being seen as an ever more attractive investment vehicle.
Land provides humans with the means to live, and from the first steps tread upon it, has been a patient provider of vital resources.
Over coming years, migration flows related to climate change are expected to increase, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. Apart from climate change, land degradation, in the form of loss of nutrients, soil erosion, pollution and salinisation can also drive changes that lead to migration.…
Land matters. It is worthy putting it as bluntly as that. It feeds and nourishes us. It provides fuel to warm us and the home we live in. Its loss is a real world driver and amplifier of instability. Humans will fight to defend their land and kill to grab enough land for their needs.
The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today 11 February 2016.
New Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas (GSBA) offers amazing photos, maps, charts, statistics, and shared information that scientists, educators, policy makers, and non-specialists alike can use as a toolkit for knowing and understanding soil biodiversity globally.
The new report warns that the region's burgeoning cities may not be adequately equipped to tackle urban disasters that occur more frequently and with greater intensity.
The new IFPRI report analyzes food policy developments in 2015, assesses challenges and opportunities for the coming year, and investigates the role of food systems in achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)among which the SDG15.
Land is a valuable and limited resource. Better integration of land use impacts needed across EU policies
Land and soil are limited natural resources essential to all human life. One of the major environmental challenges facing Europe is an increasing demand for development, which threatens these ecosystem services, such as water recycling and purification, carbon storage, and food and fuel — as well as…
The 2016 Adaptation Finance Gap Report explores the costs of meeting adaptation needs and assesses the funding that is available for meeting those needs.
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.
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…
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,…
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…
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…