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
- Through the LDN Target Setting Programme of the UNCCD’s Global Mechanism.
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.