Study Outlines Co-Benefits of Coordinated UNCCD, CBD Action

Thematic Expert for Land, Soil, and Desertification (Kenya)
12 March 2020 –


  • The report highlights synergies linked to both Conventions’ focus on: halting the loss of natural ecosystems, especially forests; the sustainable management of land and natural capital; and protecting the livelihoods of the most affected and vulnerable communities.
  • The study is one of the actions taken by the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD in response to an evaluation of the LDN Target Setting Programme in April 2019.
  • It identifies the ongoing negotiations for a post-2020 framework for biodiversity conservation, as well as the commencement of the 2021-2030 UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, as important opportunities for achieving greater synergies in programme design, financing, and implementation of the Rio Conventions.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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