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Desertification processes overall (which are caused by a combination of unsustainable land management and climate change) are driving losses in agricultural productivity and incomes in drylands. Local and national studies show how desertification is already causing farmers to suffer losses in income…

Land and soil underpin life on our planet. The way we currently use these vital and finite resources in Europe is not sustainable. Human activities — growing cities and infrastructure networks, intensive agriculture, pollutants and greenhouse gases released to the environment — transform Europe’s…

A new JRC dataset shows where in the EU there is a lot of potential to produce large quantities of energy from renewables.If renewable energy was the primary energy source in the EU, what would that look like? Would PV panels and wind turbines cover every square meter of land?No, say the authors of…

UN CC:Lean launches eduCCate Global in collaboration with UK based Harwood Education to take climate change into the classroom. The project has been progressively expanding and attracting the attention of teachers around the world.

The world’s leading climate science organizations have joined forces to produce a landmark new report for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, underlining the glaring – and growing gaps – between agreed targets to tackle global warming and the actual reality. The report, United in Science…

Climate change affects agriculture in a number of ways. Changes in temperature and precipitation as well as weather and climate extremes are already influencing crop yields and livestock productivity in Europe. Weather and climate conditions also affect the availability of water needed for…

Food Tank is highlighting 20 tools to recognize innovations changing agriculture and improving technology access worldwide through AI and Big Data. On fields across the world, phones, tablets, drones, and other technologies are changing how food is grown. Through these devices, artificial…

Nature journal joins more than 250 media outlets in Covering Climate Now, a unique collaboration to focus attention on the need for urgent action

This EDA Insight explores ways in which advancing regional governance and cooperation can play a role in helping Arab countries address the challenge of climate change, and progress towards the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

A snapshot of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States

Recent hydrological extreme events demonstrate the vulnerability of European society to water-related natural hazards, and there is strong evidence that climate change will worsen these events in the coming years. Future hydrological extremes may be very different from today’s reality and difficult…

Achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people—expected to number eight and a half billion by 2030—is still possible, but only if there is a fundamental—and urgent—change in the relationship between people and nature, and a significant reduction in social and gender…

The International Resource Panel’s GRO report provides a unique framework for focusing both local and global investments in the SDGs on those activities that promote“improved resource productivity and a relative decoupling of well-being [e.g. SDGs 1-7] from resource use”. The “Sustainability…

Land is the central component upon which the livelihoods of humanity rely. Our food, energy, and employments are associated with, and dependent on, its quality and well-being.There is a risk that desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) disproportionally contribute to increased poverty…

Read about developments in LDN in Northeast Asia, East Africa, West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

A Manual for Gender-responsive Land Degradation Neutrality Transformative Projects and Programmes and Land Degradation Neutrality: Interventions to Foster Gender Equality.Women constitute the bulk of people who rely on land in many of the regions most affected by desertification, land degradation…

Through the remarkable stories of people who decided to fight back rather than become another statistic tracking poverty, conflict or forced migration, it reveals the cost-effective results that can be achieved locally and scaled up globally when the right partners come together.

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 guide represents the first effort to gather, in a practical and pragmatic manner, all relevant information related to the development and implementation of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Transformative Projects and Programmes. Countries can use this document for the identification and design…

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…

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…

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…