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Interactive infographic on key facts and figures on Land Degradation and Drylands by CGIAR/ICARDA

Efficient land (including water and forest) administration practices are required to achieve many global development agendas—e.g., land degradation neutrality, New Urban Agenda, COP21, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic challenges. It also helps to create a…

COVID-19 has led to a global crisis threatening the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable by increasing poverty, exacerbating inequalities, and damaging long-term economic growth prospects. The report, Are We Building Back Better? Evidence from 2020 and Pathways for Inclusive Green Recovery…

The land-related statistics are disaggregated by gender and include specific data on land and agricultural ownership by men and women. The data is shown in the interactive map, list of statistics indicators and their definitions

The African Journal on Land Policy and Geospatial Sciences Releases Its 1st Issue of 2021 The African Journal on Land Policy and Geospatial Sciences (AJLP & GS) publishes research articles in Land Policy and Geospatial Sciences thematic areas. The main intention of encouraging innovation, promoting…

Climate and human-induced land degradation endangers the future survival of our planet. A new focus on achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN) seeks to spark and grow transformative efforts to avoid, reduce, and reverse land degradation through gender and socially equitable means. As of July…

An estimated 931 million tons of food, metric tonnes that is, or 17 per cent of all food available to consumers in 2019, went into the trash of households, retailers, restaurants and other food services. That’s according to a new report by UNEP. To give you an idea, this amount roughly equals 23…

A temporary basic income (TBI) given specifically to hundreds of millions of women in the world’s developing countries could prevent rising poverty and widening gender inequalities during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Protecting Women's…

This publication introduces SLM and its principles and presents how good SLM practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina were documented, evaluated, selected and scaled through participatory land use planning processes. High demand for agricultural products and raw materials produced on land is under…

Women’s economic empowerment is essential in promoting equality between women and men and is a precondition for sustainable development. To promote economic empowerment of rural women through the support of women entrepreneurship, it is crucial that women are informed about property rights, in…

Special Issue "Time Series Analysis by Focusing on Climate-Land Interactions Variables" Time series analysis is a statistical technique that deals with time series data or trend analysis. Accurate results of forecasting in time series modelling can be helpful for classification, regression…

Drylands cover about 41% of the Earth's land surface and host one in three humans inhabiting our planet. In these areas, life is highly conditioned by aridity, the balance between rain and evaporation of water from soil, plants and other surfaces. A study by Dr Maestre of the University of Alicante…

The COVID-19 pandemic is “interrupting efforts” to achieve gender equality and threatening to “reverse hard-won gains” over the past decades

Mapping Together helps people use Collect Earth mapathons to monitor tree-based restoration. Collect Earth enables users to create precise data that can show where trees are growing outside the forest across farms, pasture, and urban areas and how the landscape has changed over time. Collect Earth…

While agricultural systems are a major pillar in global food security, their productivity is currently threatened by many environmental issues triggered by anthropogenic climate change and human activities, such as land degradation. However, the planetary spatial footprint of land degradation…

This paper explores the role of the global food system as the principal driver of accelerating biodiversity loss. It explains how food production is degrading or destroying natural habitats and contributing to species extinction. The paper outlines the challenges and trade-offs involved in…

Forests which regenerate naturally on previously deforested land are important for the conservation of biodiversity and the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change. In the context of the global restoration agenda, natural forest regrowth is increasingly being recognized as an important…

A fundamental change in how we think about and approach economics is needed if we are to reverse biodiversity loss and protect and enhance our prosperity, an independent, global review on the Economics of Biodiversity said today (Tuesday 2 February). Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta’s review presents…

As investments in nature are needed more than ever, and are increasingly gaining traction, the challenge is to identify environmental and social risks and to demonstrate positive impacts associated with investing in nature-based projects in a standardized and comparable manner. To help create a…

Land degradation is a major threat to ecosystem functioning and services. Its negative impact locally coupled with off side environmental and social effects presents a major challenge for communities both on local and global levels. Climate change brings additional uncertainty to the dynamics of the…

The results of the Peoples’ Climate Vote, the world’s biggest ever survey of public opinion on climate change are published today. Covering 50 countries with over half of the world’s population, the survey includes over half a million people under the age of 18, a key constituency on climate change…

Security of land tenure can be described as the entire set of uses and transfer rights of the land, which could be allocated to individuals, households, groups, and communities. Land tenure insecurity can put sustainability at great risk. An insecure land tenure system and non-accessible formal land…

Marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, as well as the first time that progress on the implementation of the Platform is reviewed in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this report takes an integrated approach to reporting on progress, gaps…

In our first edition of 2021, we list 17 major United Nations events to look out for this year. Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list and a number of events were planned for 2020 and have been rescheduled to take place this year. To kick off the year, on 28 January, UN Secretary…

Africa’s Development Dynamics 2021- Digital Transformation for Quality Jobs Africa’s Development Dynamics uses lessons learned in the continent’s five regions – Central, East, North, Southern and West Africa – to develop policy recommendations and share good practices. Drawing on the most recent…