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Just published: Three new UNCCD-SPI technical reports and three new science-policy briefs

 The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UNCCD has just published three important technical reports and three policy briefs


The UNCCD-SPI technical report (SPI Objective 1.1) provides decision guidance for the estimation of soil organic carbon (SOC) in support of appropriate deployment of sustainable land management (SLM) technologies, in order to maintain or increase carbon in the soil and contribute to the achievement of land degradation neutrality (LDN).( UNCCD SPI series report No.3)

Land degradation neutrality (LDN) is achieved if land degradation is avoided or reduced, and new degradation is balanced by reversing degradation elsewhere in the same land type through restoration or rehabilitation. The primary instrument for avoiding and reducing degradation is the application of sustainable land management (SLM) approaches and technologies.

The UNCCD-SPI technical report (SPI Objective 1.2) provides science-based evidence on the potential contribution of LDN to enhancing the well-being and livelihoods as well as the environmental conditions of people affected by desertification/land degradation and drought. (UNCCD SPI series report No.4)

Shaping an enabling environment for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) calls for integrated land use planning, inclusive and environmentally sound land access and governance, major reconfigurations of current institutional settings, financial backing, and ongoing dialogue between policy-makers, practitioners, and the scientific community.

This UNCCD-SPI technical report (SPI Objective 2) provides well-established scientific evidence for understanding the strong linkages between land use and drought and how management of both is connected through water use. It introduces a new concept of Drought-Smart Land Management (D-SLM) and organizes relevant approaches and practices in fourteen groups across four major classes of land use. (UNCCD SPI series report No.5)

Drought is one of the major drivers of global food and water insecurity, affecting agricultural production and access to food and water. Drought can, in extreme cases, force people to abandon their land, resorting to migration as their last livelihood strategy, making the prospect of ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030 more difficult.

About: The SPI works to translate current science into policy options that are relevant to the 197 Parties of the Convention resulting from assessment and synthesis of current science. In October 2017, the UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP) requested that the SPI produce these reports as part of their work programme. The key messages of these reports will be considered in the deliberations of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and will help ensure a strong scientific foundation to the policy decisions taken at COP 14 (2-13 September 2019, New Delhi).

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