Land degradation

Planting Trees on a Stony Hill: A Story With Pictures

Researchers in Indonesia have produced an illustrated book to help farmers better understand research results
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by Rob Finlayson

The illustrated story book, Menanam Pohon di Bukit Batu (Planting Trees on a Stony Hill), was produced to help spread knowledge of land-restoration and food-security techniques developed by researchers and farmers in Haharu District on the island of Sumba.

Guardians of the Coast: 5,700 Students Involved and 2,610 Km of Coastline Adopted Thanks to the Costa Crociere Foundation Project

In its first year of operation, the Guardians of the Coast project has become one of the biggest citizen science projects in Italy, with over 50,000 reports collected along the Italian coast involving teachers and students from 156 secondary schools.
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In only its first year of operation, the Guardians of the Coast project has become one of the biggest citizen science projects in Italy, with over 50,000 useful reports collected along the Italian coast involving teachers and students from 156 secondary schools.  The initiative raises awareness among young people about the beauty and fragility of our coasts, which are threatened by pollution, particularly plastic waste, which accounts for around 68% of the beached waste recorded by the "guardians".

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In only its first year of operation, the Guardians of the Coast project has become one of the biggest citizen science projects in Italy, with over 50,000 useful reports collected along the Italian coast involving teachers and students from 156 secondary schools.  The initiative raises awareness among young people about the beauty and fragility of our coasts, which are threatened by pollution, particularly plastic waste, which accounts for around 68% of the beached waste recorded by the "guardians".

Lessons From Kenya on How to Restore Degraded Land

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by Leigh Ann Winowiecki

The state of the earth’s biodiversity – the world’s variety of living organisms – is in crisis. About one third of the world’s land has been severely degraded from its natural state. Some of the worst forms of degradation include deforestation, soil erosion, loss of soil fertility, declining water quality and pollution.

Evergreen Agriculture: A Solution for Degraded Landscapes

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Widespread land degradation is an increasing threat to ecosystem health, food production systems and livelihoods across sub-Saharan Africa. Processes such as soil erosion, biodiversity loss and deforestation, which are largely human-driven, significantly reduce the land’s capacity to deliver key ecosystem services including storm and drought buffering, soil nutrient availability, and thus food and fodder production.

Land Restoration for Peace and Profit

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Land degradation is at the nexus of a vicious spiral which links low land productivity and biodiversity loss with poverty, hunger, instability and insecurity. Land degradation, for instance, releases carbon, worsening global climate change; it reduces crop yield, creating food insecurity; and it erodes livelihoods, driving migration. Under these conditions, instability can take hold, order can break down, and non-state armed groups can become established, leading in turn to impacts such as increases in wildlife poaching, deforestation and violence.

Scaling-Up Investment into Land Restoration

Getting the biggest bang for the buck
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Land degradation has long been recognized as a major problem which threatens ecological health, social stability and economic prosperity. For several decades, a series of solutions have been devised and attempted with varying degrees of success. However, efforts to combat land degradation have been hampered by a lack of resources and the sheer scale of the problem.

Integrated Approaches for Multifunctional Landscapes

As economies and populations grow, land degradation and growing competition for land threatens to multiply this challenge.
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Opening the IUCN/ICRAF event ‘Integrated approaches for multifunctional landscapes: connecting LDN, biodiversity and climate change’ at the recent UNCCD summit, Ms Barbut laid out in stark terms the challenge of meeting the world’s growing demand for food. The global community has committed itself to meeting environmental targets including achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN), safeguarding biodiversity and mitigating climate change, and developing countries in particular are struggling with the added burdens this requires.

UNCCD Announces Three Winners for First Land for Life Award

Top sustainable land management prize totaling 100,000 USD goes to community organizations in Haiti, Turkey and Uganda
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(3BL Media) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - June 18, 2012 - The UNCCD has announced three winners for its first Land for Life Award, shining a spotlight on organizations that show tangible evidence combating land degradation.

The winners were announced by Miss Universe Leila Lopes from Angola at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, in the Rio Conventions Pavilion. The announcement also marked the global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June. The winners will share a prize fund of 100,000 USD.

UNCCD Announces Three Winners for First Land for Life Award

Top sustainable land management prize totaling 100,000 USD goes to community organizations in Haiti, Turkey and Uganda
Press Release

(3BL Media) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - June 18, 2012 - The UNCCD has announced three winners for its first Land for Life Award, shining a spotlight on organizations that show tangible evidence combating land degradation.

The winners were announced by Miss Universe Leila Lopes from Angola at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, in the Rio Conventions Pavilion. The announcement also marked the global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June. The winners will share a prize fund of 100,000 USD.

New UNCCD Policy Brief: Rio+20 Should Adopt a Sustainable Development Goal on Land

Land is missing link in pursuit of sustainable development, new UNCCD policy brief reveals. The brief calls the world leaders, who will gather at Rio+20 this June, to agree a sustainable development goal on land-use.
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(3BL Media) June 1, 2012 - New UNCCD Policy Brief, “A Sustainable Development Goal for Rio+20: Zero Net Land Degradation,” reveals that sustainable land-use is a prerequisite for ensuring future water, food and energy security.

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