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Soil Leadership Academy

Soil Leadership Academy

The Soil Leadership Academy (SLA) is a special initiative of the UNCCD. It is an innovative, public-private partnership. It aims to energize and support public and private decision-makers on their journey to land degradation neutrality (LDN).

Many organizations already offer the resources and knowledge products to help decision-makers plan for LDN. However, it can be difficult to find these tools, and work out which is best for an individual context.

SLA has brought these capacity-building resources together through a partnership network. SLA thus acts as a connecting platform between decision-makers and the resources they need.

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SLA approach

The SLA aims to equip decision-makers with the tools to effectively pursue LDN. We aim to inspire the scaling up of sustainable land management (SLM) by providing public and private leaders with practical skills and knowledge.

The SLA's curriculum is intended to give policymakers and private sector decision-makers a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully navigate the complexity of building an LDN approach. The curriculum will be tailored for each training event to select the topics most relevant to participants.

As a public-private, multilateral partnership, the Soil Leadership Academy seeks to act as a broker of existing LDN-relevant knowledge and experience, and bring it together into a practical and cohesive training program for visionary leaders worldwide.

SLA partners

SLA works by developing partnerships to build its program's curriculum and to carry out capacity-building activities. Our partners' knowledge is promoted in the SLA activities, and decision-makers are then encouraged to participate in partners' capacity-building activities to support their journey to land degradation neutrality.

Does your organization have knowledge products or capacity-building opportunities relevant to sustainable land and water management? Would you like to reach a wider audience through an SLA partnership? If so, get in touch with Alexandru Marchis, Project Coordinator, at amarchis [at]

Contribution to LDN Target Setting Program

Part of the activities undertaken by the Soil Leadership Academy are aimed at contributing to the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme (LDN TSP) by contributing to the capacity building of the country delivery teams and creating opportunities to increase administrative capacity for LDN at national level. Acting on these priorities, in addition to the efforts and projects implemented or prepared by the secretariat and Global Mechanism (GM) in cooperation with international donors, the Soil Leadership Academy project has contributed with:

1. Survey on capacity building needs in the countries

The survey on the Capacity Building needs for the LDN TSP countries has been completed. Priority topics from the survey are considered for the SLA activities at COP 13.

2. Communication material and knowledge products to explain the key concepts of LDN TS, including SPI conceptual framework and LDN TSP outcomes/outputs

The materials produced here are for the use of the LDN TSP country delivery teams, including the regional and country consultants. The aim is to build the capacity of the team members to effectively deliver on the outputs and outcomes of the LDN TSP. Equally, some materials are to be used to increase the knowledge of the most relevant national stakeholders about the LDN target setting process, including the UNCCD National Focal Points.

3. Regional workshops and meetings

As the LDN-TSP activities are advancing in the countries, numerous requests are coming from the country teams on the possibility of conveying the regional peer-learning event on setting the LDN target. The regional experience sharing events help provide more efficiency and quality to LDN –TSP implementation in the regions.

4. Capacity building activities during COP 13

The UNCCD secretariat within the Knowledge Hub and in collaboration with GM and SLA will organize at COP the “Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange Centre”, for the entire duration of the COP. The primary purpose of this is to provide face-to-face information to country delegates on selected topics and capacity building opportunities.


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