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What can policy makers do now to advance the land degradation neutrality concept?


Land in Balance, a science-policy brief prepared by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI)

Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality, report prepared by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI)

1. Ensure an enabling environment

  • Responsible governance of land resources including tenure.
  • Mechanism for integrated land use planning.
  • Multi-stakeholder platforms and frameworks at local, national and regional levels to collaborate in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating land degradation neutrality (LDN) interventions.
  • Policies that incentivize sustainable land management (SLM).

2. Set voluntary targets

3. Integrate and leverage

  • Integrate LDN targets and policies with broader sustainable development strategies.
  • Leverage ongoing activities of all the Rio conventions in order to maximize efficiency and deliver effective solutions.

4. Initiate preliminary assessments

  • The key to achieving LDN is in making the most effective land use planning decisions.
  • Assessments of land potential, land degradation status and the resilience of the land use system, followed by a socioeconomic assessment of alternative options, create a strong foundation for land use decision-making.

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