This article was originally published on: IISD SDG Knowledge Hub


Highlights:

  • The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has finalized a conceptual framework to guide actions on land degradation neutrality (LDN).
  • The report, ‘Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality,’ presents a framework to help create a scientific foundation to guide LDN implementation and monitoring, and serve as a common point of reference for LDN discourse and initiatives.

“The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has finalized a conceptual framework to guide awareness raising, implementation and monitoring of land degradation neutrality (LDN). Titled ‘Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality,’ the framework will assist countries in implementing LDN strategies.

The UNCCD defines LDN as “a state whereby the amount and quality of land resources necessary to support ecosystem functions and services and enhance food security remain stable or increase within specified temporal and spatial scales and ecosystems.” LDN is target 15.3 under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15, which addresses Life on Land. The target calls for all countries to, “By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.” By December 2016, 103 countries had embarked on national processes to set their LDN targets, with support from the UNCCD’s Global Mechanism (GM) and diverse partners…”

Read on at: IISD SDG Knowledge Hub