Land Degradation Neutrality for Water Security and Combatting Drought | Land Portal

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May 2020
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As water is the most disruptive element in the ongoing climate crisis, how land is managed plays a major role in taming this disruption. This publication shows that avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation can have positive long-term gains in water security.

Countries have acknowledged the inter-dependency of land and water management and the multiple benefits of reversing land degradation for sustainable development, water security and resilience to natural hazards such as droughts. Achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN) contributes towards the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 6 on water.

This briefing note presents recommendations for countries, with support of their national and international partners, to ensure that they are able to reach their LDN objectives, improve synergies between LDN, water security and drought mitigation, and achieve the SDGs through LDN approaches.


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The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.


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