With around one-third of the world’s arable land degraded, estimated annual losses of 6.3 to 10.6 USD trillion, and a projected need to increase food production from land by 70 percent by 2050, we simply cannot afford to neglect the loss of potential production from careless land management.
Economics of Land Degradation (ELD), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Land degradation and desertification are among of the world’s greatest environmental challenges. It is estimated that desertification affects about 33 % of the global land surface, and that over the past 40 years erosion has removed nearly one-third of the world’s arable land from production.
This report provides evidence of how increasingly scarce resources can be conserved and also presents tools for policy-/decision-makers to promote and secure future wealth and human well-being through sustainable land management.
This report the Value of Land - Prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management calls for bold policy decisions such as supporting economic, enabling and institutional conditions will be needed for the uptake of sustainable land management (SLM).
This Economics of Land Degradation Initiative: Practitioner’s Guide reaches out to provide practitioners and decision-makers with the skills necessary to make an economic case for preventing or reversing land degradation and to adopt more sustainable land management options.
This scoping document Opportunity Lost: Mitigating Risk and Making the Most of Your Land Assets evaluates (on a general level) the risk of land degradation on various industry sectors and discusses the impacts of land degradation on businesses using industry sectors as examples.