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Sustainable land management technologies: reducing deforestation



Reducing deforestation involves measures that aim to prevent or reduce the removal or clearance of a forest or stand of trees, or the conversion of forest land to non-forest land. The technology is applied to land with forest areas, such as forest/woodland.


According to the report on sustainable land management (SLM) by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI), reducing deforestation is an effective climate change mitigation strategy, as it has a high potential to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). The technology can provide other benefits, including protecting soil quality and preserving soil carbon stocks and biodiversity. Reducing deforestation also improves the livelihoods and resilience of forest-dependent communities.

Examples of SLM best practices in reducing deforestation

Below are examples of best practices in reducing deforestation cited in the report on SLM by the SPI.

Community protection of microbasins through reforestation

A community-led reforestation effort that led to the legal protection of a forest area and improved water quality and quantity from the microbasin located within the forest area. The community-led ensures the quantity and quality of the water supply and the legal protection of the forest area.

Communities using the micro-basin agreed to make the area a protected forest area and stop using it for other purposes (such as grazing or agriculture). Community greenhouses were established to produce native tree species seedlings, which are then transplanted in the field over time.


Read about other SLM technology groups


vegetation management

water management

grazing pressure management

animal waste management

sustainable forest management


forest restoration



minimum soil disturbance

soil erosion control

fire pest and diseases control


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