Review finds reviving dying land is doable by 2030

March 18th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Reviving damaged lands and the livelihoods of people affected by desertification, land degradation and drought is possible by 2030 according to participants of the intergovernmental committee that reviews the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Participants at the 17th Committee to Review the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC17) said that the speed at which countries are implementing the Sustainable Development Goal target of land degradation neutrality (LDN) puts it within reach. They also said that the process of setting the target at the country level has drawn in other land-related sectors at the country-level, triggering positive change. Furthermore, countries are spending more money on activities to contain land degradation and desertification and to manage drought effectively.

In the four years since countries reached the agreement to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) by 2030, 120 of the 169 countries affected by desertification, land degradation or drought have started identifying where to reduce the risk of degradation and where to recover degrading land. The process of setting the 2030 country targets for LDN has broadened action to other land-related sectors.

As a result, the committee was able to review the global assessment of land degradation by governments, which is based on quantitative earth observation data collected and analysed in at least 127 countries. For the assessment the countries are working to measure and monitor three essential indicators of land degradation in the same way over the same period, so that the status of LDN can be determined globally.

Based on the assessment, the committee laid out a range of actions that address issues such as land rights, drought and gender equality, for governments to consider and agree on when they meet in October of this year in New Delhi, India, during the 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP14).

Contact Wagaki Wischnewski, UNCCD, wwischnewski@unccd.int

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