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Global Land Outlook first edition (2017)

One of the UNCCD’s main aims is to help countries overcome the barriers to the adoption and scaling up of sustainable land management (SLM) policies and practices needed to reduce poverty, and increase food, water, and energy security for all. The first edition of the GLO supports the mandate of the UNCCD secretariat to continually seek innovative approaches and products that increase awareness of desertification, land degradation, and drought while advocating for proven and cost-effective solutions to advance numerous targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals.

GLO themes


The GLO is presented in such a manner as to be accessible to civil society and decision-makers in both the private and public sectors. It is part of a broader effort to facilitate discussion on land use policy and practice by illustrating the fundamental importance of good land management.

Part One of the Outlook takes a broad brush in painting the big picture, while Part Two discusses some of the most pressing global issues that impact land use, demand, and condition as well as the responses needed to achieve the target of land degradation neutrality (LDN), and the related objectives of poverty reduction, food and water security, biodiversity and soil conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable livelihoods. Part Three highlights six response pathways that producers and consumers, governments and corporations can follow to stabilize and reduce pressure on land resources as well as illustrative case studies and key tools to help achieve success.

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