Land-Degradation Neutrality (LDN) is a concept that was initially proposed by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 (Rio+20). The LDN concept aimed at securing the current amount of the global productive land now constitutes one of the most important Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving LDN through sustainable land-based practices will ensure the productivity of lands by maintaining healthy soils and other natural capitals.

Most importantly, however, the LDN concept will also help land users and other stakeholders from the local to the national level to adapt to the effects of climate change and minimise hazards to human well-being. LDN will also offer opportunities to mitigate against the impacts of climate change. Thus, operationalising LDN will also lead to sustainable and more resilient soils, which are inherent to soil productivity. The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership and the Science and Policy Interface (SPI) of the UNCCD will meet at the Global Soil Week (GSW) to elaborate on a joint ITPS-SPI work programme on LDN.

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Contact: Thando Tilmann