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Healthy land is key to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, from reducing climate change, biodiversity loss and poverty, to increasing equality, decent work and food security for nearly eight billion people. That’s why, with the productivity of a quarter of our land already…
This year’s report now takes a step forward by also including, for the first time, estimates of the prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity based on the FIES (SDG Indicator 2.1.2). This indicator provides a perspective on global food insecurity relevant for all countries of the world: one…
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…
Environmental Science & Policy journal special issue on Implementing Land Degradation Neutrality: from policy challenges to policy opportunities for national sustainable development. Edited by Graciela Metternicht, Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, Victor Castillo.
The number of publications on environmental footprint indicators has been growing rapidly, but with limited efforts to integrate different footprints into a coherent framework. Such integration is important for comprehensive understanding of environmental issues, policy formulation and assessment of…
The Land Degradation-Neutrality (LDN) framework of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is underpinned by three complementary interactive indicators (metrics: vegetation cover, net primary productivity; NPP and soil organic carbon; SOC) as proxies for change in land-based…
Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems(SRCCL) has been approved. Over two years in the making, the Special Report on Climate Change and…
The journal Land (ISSN 2073-445X) is currently running a Special Issue entitled "Collaboration and Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in Landscape Governance and Management in Africa: Lessons from Practice".
Many countries already have ambitious goals to plant trees. In Africa, a group of countries have pledged to restore 100 million hectares of forest. In Latin America, countries plan to restore another 20 million hectares. China deployed thousands of soldiers last year to plant trees covering an area…
In this paper, the authors examined how food insecurity can affect international migration aspirations and subsequent actions taken in preparation to move internationally from Sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on a conceptual framework of the determinants of migration, they developed a three-stage…
Drylands cover 40 percent of the Earth’s land surface and are home to more than 2 billion people. Despite climatic and environmental limitations, cultivable drylands play a critical role in ensuring food and nutrition security for these people, and for the rest of the world. One-third of all the…
The Export Potential Map is a free tool that turns economic analysis into practical trade information using the ITC export potential and diversification assessment methodology.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of UNCCD (#2019WDCD) and Springer support this day by providing a collection of their journals and books that focuses on tackling desertification of the Earth and bringing actual solutions . You are invited to read selected articles and chapters; all are freely…
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union (EU) has been highly successful in securing the supply of food from Europe’s agricultural land. However, new expectations have emerged from society on the functions that agricultural land should deliver, including the expectations that land…
In September 2019, Heads of State and Governments will convene for the first time in person at the United Nations in New York to review progress on their promises made after four years of working on Agenda 2030. While some countries are slowly moving forward with SDG-focused policies, they are not…
Feeding 10 billion people and keeping Earth from overheating this century require not only major changes to agriculture, but transformation of the entire food system, according to a new review
Although anthropogenic climate change is expected to have caused large shifts in temperature and rainfall, the detection of human influence on global drought has been complicated by large internal variability and the brevity of observational records.
Three new studies highlight the value of the world’s unregarded forests – and the dangers they face as the climate changes.
Heat stress increasingly becoming an obstacle to economic activity. 80 million jobs will be lost by 2030, as it will be too hot to work, reports ILO, leading to expected financial loss up to US$2,400 billion
Climate Change Library-Supporting scientists engaged in climate change research with access to over 5,000 articles.
People living in mountain areas have long used migration as a strategy to make optimal use of natural resources, ensure food security, strengthen their social and economic networks, and fulfil personal aspirations. Even today, migration continues to be an adaptive response to environmental, societal…
On the eve of the World Day to Combat Desertification, the UNCCD library opens the archives to look back the important milestones of the Convention, such as the first scientific evidence of desertification, authentic papers from the negotiation process before 1994 and awareness raising materials.…
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the popular perception of rangelands and their management is that these vast areas have major problems without solutions: the common narrative focuses on overgrazing, herds of undernourished livestock, erosion and desertification, drought, famine, and conflict. However,…
Springer Nature joins the WDCD 2019 by providing a collection of journals and books that focuses on combating desertification and bringing actual solutions. You are invited to read selected articles and chapters; all are freely accessible until July 15, 2019
A celebration of the World Day to combat Desertification and Drought - #2019WDCD; 17 June, 2019, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy