LDN target setting
In 2015, UNCCD country Parties were invited to “Formulate voluntary targets to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in accordance with their specific national circumstances and development priorities”. The Global Mechanism and the secretariat of the UNCCD, with the support of multiple international partners, had therefore established the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme (LDN TSP) to assist countries in making the LDN concept a reality by 2030. The programme takes countries through a structured process to help leverage, assess, measure and achieve their LDN commitments.
More specifically, through the LDN Target Setting Programme, interested countries are supported in their national LDN target setting process, including setting national baselines, voluntary national LDN targets and associated measures to achieve LDN. The programme provides practical tools and guidance for the establishment of voluntary LDN targets, accelerating the implementation of transformative programmes and projects.
To date, 128 countries have committed to setting LDN targets. More than 100 countries have already set their targets, and many have secured high-level government commitment to achieve LDN. Full details on the LDN targets, as well as country reports on the target setting process and the country commitments to achieve LDN, are available on the UNCCD Knowledge Hub.
Sharing key lessons learned and policy-relevant knowledge that arises from the LDN target setting process, including providing guidance on how LDN targets can be integrated in policies, is required to promote synergies and strengthen coordination, which in turn will support achievement of LDN. Countries’ efforts to identify shared visions, proven solutions, priority hotspots and monitoring baselines have already shaped a new data-driven approach to tackling land degradation.
To achieve the goals of the program, the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD is producing a series of technical reports and briefing notes that provide policy makers and practitioners with relevant information, including good practices and guidance on how LDN targets and measures are relevant to other policy areas and can help generate multiple co-benefits. Additionally, these publications can help countries prioritize land decisions to amplify benefits across multiple areas of sustainable development.
Partners of the LDN TSP include:
- European Space Agency
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
- Global Environment Facility
- Government of France
- Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Government of the Republic of Korea
- Government of Luxembourg
- Government of Spain
- Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
- Government of the Republic of Turkey
- Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
- International Soil Reference and Information Centre
- International Union for Conservation of Nature
- Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
- Soil Leadership Academy
- United Nations Development Programme
- United Nations Environment Programme
- World Resources Institute