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LDN lessons learned

Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Target Setting Programme lessons provide policy-relevant information for UNCCD country Parties, key decision makers, national and international development partners and other international organizations to support the LDN advocacy.

The reviews of the LDN target setting final country reports and associated documents have been summarized in the LDN Lessons learned report, with the following key messages and recommendations:

  • Political leadership: Continued government leadership that can strategically guide all relevant sectors should remain at the core for LDN implementation. This includes fully utilizing identified leverage entry points for LDN such as land use plans, national and local budgets, and targeted public and private investments
  • National coordination: The established institutional and technical environments for implementing the LDN target setting process in each country. These include the LDN working groups as key resources to forward the achievement of LDN. Support of international partners is strongly recommended, and inclusiveness and gender parity of working groups need to be improved for effective LDN engagement
  • Enabling environment: Countries should include LDN and related elements in upcoming legal amendments and drafs, strengthening capacity for the development, monitoring and enforcement of legal provisions around LDN. Countries should improve coordination between institutions that are involved in the LDN process and ensure mplementation of land use plans that integrate LDN principles
  • LDN monitoring: Countries should strengthen national and regional information systems, increasing technical capacity of the main entities responsible for LDN implementation, as well as partners responsible for monitoring and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to effectively monitor land degradation. A set of verifiable indicators at local and national levels for each LDN target should be defined to enable monitoring and evaluation of progress
  • Knowledge sharing: Mechanisms for exchanging information between countries should be strengthened to
    • Share experiences and raise awareness of advanced technologies and techniques
    • Develop common strategies and policies. Sharing good examples of achieving LDN and transformative projects and programmes (TPPs) among countries and partners is recommended
  • Financing: To achieve LDN, substantial investment programmes are needed. These can include new and innovative financing options to scale up LDN, such as different types of public-private blended financing
  • Approach to transformative LDN projects: The checklist for LDN TPPs has the potential to influence the design of TPPs as well as the implementation of LDN. The checklist can also be used by donors to inform funding decisions. Moreover, it is important to mainstream gender dimensions within national LDN implementation efforts and to integrate sustainable livelihoods and other co-benefits into the LDN targets and associated measures

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