Reduction of land degradation and rehabilitation of degraded land

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IPBES to Undertake Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration

The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) has approved a timetable for carrying out an assessment on land degradation and restoration. The assessment is part of a first set of three thematic assessments to be carried out by the Platform between 2015 and 2018. The final outcome will include an executive summary presenting key findings and policy-relevant conclusions, a summary for policymakers and an eight-chapter report.

The objective of the assessment is to provide the information and guidance necessary to support stakeholders working at all levels to reduce the negative environmental, social and economic consequences of land degradation, and rehabilitate and restore degraded land to aid the recovery of nature’s benefits to people.

The assessment will draw on information from scientific, indigenous and local knowledge systems to increase awareness and identify areas of concern. It will further provide a framework for understanding, monitoring and taking action to halt and reverse land degradation in order to support decision-making at all levels and identify critical knowledge gaps and priority areas for new research and investment in order to enhance capacity in the sustainable management of land and biodiversity and their benefits to people.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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