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Land Degradation Neutrality at the GEF

Land is a complex mixture of soil, water and biodiversity. Working together, these three elements create goods and services that provide a foundation for sustainable livelihoods and peaceful co-existence between peoples. Yet land degradation — the loss in biological or economic productive capacity of the land — is putting the health, livelihoods and security of an estimated 1.5 billion people at risk.

The international community is working to halt and reverse land degradation, restore degraded ecosystems and sustainably manage our resources through a commitment to land degradation neutrality (LDN). LDN is defined as “a state whereby the amount of healthy and productive land resources necessary to support ecosystem services, remains stable or increases within specified temporal and spatial scales”— and has become a key organizing principle of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).