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LDN tools


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

Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality, a report of the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface

The following tools and resources were presented in the publication “Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality: A Report of the Science-Policy Interface” as examples of sources of information that countries pursuing land degradation neutrality (LDN) could use. The list is not exhaustive, and other useful tools and resources for LDN implementation and monitoring can be found in the Knowledge Sharing Systems on the Knowledge Hub.

Guidelines for Land Degradation Neutrality

These guidelines support GEF project developers in formulating projects that contribute to the LDN ambitions of countries and in ensuring that other projects not directly targeting LDN are compatible with LDN objectives and approaches.

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Tools/methods and capacity building for resilience assessments

Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment (RAPTA)

Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP)

Tools/methods and capacity building for economic valuation

Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative

Land Use Trade-Offs (LUTO)

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

Tools/methods to estimate land potential and land stratification

Global Agro-ecological Zoning Tool (GAEZ)

Land Capability Classification system

Land-Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS)

Global Land Outlook working paper: Land use planning

Tools to integrate gender considerations into the design of preliminary assessments

Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD)

Towards a gender-responsive implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Tools to develop other indicators/metrics to monitor LDN implementation

Red List Index

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Tools to support local community participation in verification of LDN indicators/metrics

Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF)

Land-Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS)

Information from assessments that can support LDN implementation

Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative

Global Environment Outlook (GEO) assessments

Global Land Outlook (GLO)

Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment (LDRA)

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA)

Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems

Tools for integrated land-use planning

Tools that assist in balancing multiple objectives and identifying co-benefits and trade-offs:

  • Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM): IUCN and WRI (2014). A guide to the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM): Assessing forest landscape restoration opportunities at the national or sub-national level. Working Paper (Road-test edition). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. 125pp.
  • Land-Use Trade-Offs (LUTO) model: See, for example: Bryan, B.A., et al. (2016). Land-use and sustainability under intersecting global change and domestic policy scenarios: Trajectories for Australia to 2050. Global Environmental Change, vol. 38, pp. 130–152.
Choosing SLM practices to address local land degradation issues and context

Estimating potential soil carbon response to SLM

  • Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) tool: CBP offers web-based tools, including a simple and a detailed version. The simple tool is suitable for ex ante estimates;the detailed assessment tool is applicable for project reporting where moderate to high certainty is required. 
  • Ex-Ante Carbon Balance (EX-ACT) tool: Spreadsheet-based tool suitable for ex ante estimates of SOC change. Available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia/Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish

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