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Source: Small Island Developing States

27 August 2019: A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) showcases the agency’s support for fighting land degradation – actions meant to help countries meet their Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets (SDG 15.3) by 2030. Per the text, UNDP maintains 199 projects to tackle land degradation and relate challenges in approximately 84 countries.

The publication, titled ‘Combatting Land Degradation – Securing a Sustainable Future,’ highlights UNDP’s support for the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2018-2030 Strategic Framework. It was released as input to the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UNCCD.

The report discusses the agency’s actions, including: the provision of capacity building and policy solutions to land degradation challenges; assistance to countries in designing interventions in degraded landscapes to pilot and upscale technologies; and approaches to avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation.

The text presents UNDP ‘s three-pronged approach to support developing countries on reducing land degradation and implementing UNCCD goals and targets. The tri-fold approach includes:

  • Developing individual, institutional and systemic capacity for sustainable land management (SLM) and restoration at landscape, national and regional levels, and catalyzing upscaling of the actions through connecting local actions to national and international policies, finance and technical support and facilitating partnerships;
  • Undertaking applied policy research and analysis and providing evidence on policies and good practices in SLM and restoration that optimize livelihoods, jobs and food security; and
  • Assisting countries to identify, access, combine and sequence environmental finance, including from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund and GEF-managed funds, including the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Adaptation Fund (AF); and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other bilateral donor and private sector funding, for SLM, sustainable agriculture and food production and landscape restoration.

UNDP’s support is delivered through its global network of country offices, with additional support from UNDP regional hubs and centers, the Global Environmental Finance Unit and the Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification. [Publication: Combatting Land Degradation – Securing a Sustainable Future]

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