Transforming Land Management Globally
Combatting land degradation is a key component of the post 2015 development agenda. The linkage between land degradation and other global environmental challenges is more recognized than ever before. We must leverage the increasing attention being given to land to further promote sustainable land management and rehabilitation of degraded land as solutions to multiple environmental challenges. Responding to the immediate challenge of how we sustainably intensify the production of food, fuel and fiber to meet future demand without the further degradation of our finite land resource base, Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), which emerged from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012, is a potential target to address this challenge. Addressing drivers of land degradation and delivering related action could also enable the land-use sector to be a substantial element in the intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under a new international climate change agreement. Similarly, implementing sustainable land management at scale will halt the loss of biodiversity as half of the Aichi biodiversity targets rely on better land management.