Participants met on the last day of the GSW2013 to deepen the debate in the workshop titled “Targets and Indicators for Land and Soils in the SDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” hosted by UNCCD – United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, GLOBALANDS Project (Ecologic Institute, IINAS, Öko-Institut), EC – European Commission, FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UBA – Federal Environment Agency, IASS – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies.

Based on a proposal developed by a working group for discussion at the GSW 2013 participants discussed the opportunities to include land and soils in the SDGs and Post-2015 Development Agenda and which aspects should be prioritized. Participants agreed, in personal capacity, on the following common results of the discussion and called for their consideration in further discussions:

  • By 2030 we have the same amount of biologically and economically productive land including soil and its ecosystem services as we had in 2000 (GLASOD-Report and Millennium Ecosystem Assessment).
  • To achieve this, we have to reduce land and soil degradation and increase land restoration/rehabilitation, both through appropriate sustainable management practices.
  • This needs to take place in the context of sustainable development and in support of the implementation of international environmental agreements, such as the Aichi targets and the Ramsar Convention (forests, protected areas, wetlands).

Participants of the workshop were:

Alexander Müller Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Almut Jering German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Andrea Koch United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney
Bettina Rudloff German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Charlotte Beckh Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Christine Priessner Leuphana University, Lüneburg
Ciro Gardi Joint Research Center, European Commission (JRC-EC)
Damien Field The University of Sydney, Australia
Deborah Bossio Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Emmanuel Seck Environment and Development NGO (ENDA)
Frank Glante German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Franziska Wolff Öko Institute
Heiner Benking Council on Global Issues
Islam Sirajul BRAC
Ivonne Lobos Alva Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Jaap Tuinstra TCB Soil Protection Technical Committee, Netherlands
Jürgen Diekmann Ausgleichsstiftung Landwirtschaft und Umwelt
Knut Ehlers German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Laura Bertha Reyes Sanchez Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Lena Bloemertz University of Basel, Switzerland
Luc Gnacadja Former UNCCD Executive Secretary
Luca Montanarella Joint Research Center, European Commission (JRC-EC), Chair ITPS
Maria de Lourdes Mondoca Santos Embrapa Soils -The National Center of Soil Research
Patrice Burger CARI-Drynet Network-ReSad Network
Peter Kuikman Wageningen University, Netherlands
Richard Thomas United Nations University
Ruta Landgrebe Ecologic Institute
Sandra Naumann Ecologic Institute
Sasha Alexander United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Sergio Zelaya United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Stephanie Wunder Ecologic Institute
Thomas Caspari ISRIC – World Soil Information
Uriel Safriel The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Uwe Fritsche International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS)