Zero Net Land Degradation

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Zero Net Land Degradation

Agreeing on a sustainable development goal on land-use at the upcoming Rio+20 summit is a prerequisite for ensuring future water, food and energy security. With the demand for food expected to grow by 50 percent in 2030 and for energy and water by 45 and 30 percent respectively, an additional 120 million hectares of productive land will be needed to support the required food production. At present, each year 12 million hectares of productive land are lost due to land degradation and desertification. Land is under increasing pressure from competing uses for agriculture, forestry, pasture as well as energy production, urbanization and extraction of raw materials, which is often exacerbated by misguided or missing policies. Zero Net Land Degradation can be achieved when land degradation is either avoided or offset by land restoration. The goal includes the following targets: zero net land degradation by 2030, zero net forest degradation by 2030 and drought preparedness policies implemented in all drought-prone countries by 2020. More information

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Rio+20 Media Round-Up: Outcomes Emphasize Soil, Gender
20 years after their birth, three sister Rio Conventions reaffirm their collective responsibility for sustainable development (Rio Conventions Pavilion) – The heads of the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (...
Jun 27, 2012 11:20 AM ET
Rio+20 Yields a Paradigm Shift in Land Stewardship for Sustainable Development
(3BL Media) Rio de Janeiro - June 25, 2012 - Agreements at the just ended heads of state and government meeting of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, herald a new dawn in the way land is managed, says Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The nearly 100 world leaders gathered...
Jun 25, 2012 12:00 PM ET
Miss Universe and Drylands Expert Call for Greater Efforts to Secure Healthy Soils and Combat Desertification
(3BL Media) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – June 22, 2012 - Drylands Ambassadors of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) called for greater efforts to secure healthy soils and combat desertification during the press conference on 21 June. The reigning 2011 Miss Universe Leila Lopes and Executive Board Member of the World Agroforestry...
Jun 22, 2012 11:50 AM ET
Rio+20 Round-Up on Drylands, Desertification and Drought
At the Rio+20 summit, negotiations on the text have concluded but events continue as heads of state arrive. Here's a mid-conference news round-up covering issues of desertification, land degradation and drought.
Jun 21, 2012 11:55 AM ET
We're Turning Our Land to Sand
Op-ed: Luc Gnacadja is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification headquartered in Bonn, Germany.
Jun 20, 2012 11:50 AM ET