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LDN conceptual framework

The Conceptual Framework for LDN is intended to provide a scientifically-sound basis for understanding and implementing Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), and to inform the development of practical guidance for pursuing LDN and monitoring achievement of LDN for those UNCCD Parties that choose to pursue a LDN target. The LDN conceptual framework focuses on the goal of LDN and the supporting processes required to deliver this goal, including biophysical and socio-economic aspects, and their interactions.

The conceptual framework is designed to be applicable to all land uses (i.e. land managed for production – agriculture, forestry; for conservation – protected areas; and also land occupied by human settlements and infrastructure); and all types of land degradation, across the wide variety of countries’ circumstances, so that it can be implemented in a harmonized fashion by all countries that choose to pursue LDN. It helps build the bridge between the vision and the practical implementation of LDN through National Action Programmes, by defining LDN in operational terms. It is a process framework that captures the vision of what LDN is intended to achieve, and, based on this, provides guidance on how best to assess land degradation and identify appropriate management actions, and ultimately report on progress in achieving LDN.

The LDN response hierarchy is an overarching principle that guides decision-makers in planning measures to achieve LDN. The response hierarchy of Avoid > Reduce > Reverse land degradation is based on the recognition that “prevention is (much) better than cure” i.e., avoiding or reducing further land degradation will maximize long-term benefits and is generally more cost-effective than efforts to reverse past degradation.

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