The Economics of Land Degradation (LDN) Initiative is a global assessment on the economic benefits and costs of land and land-based ecosystems. The Initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analyzing the economics of land degradation. It aims to make the economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision-making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.
Since 2014, UNDP, through GC-RED (and previous Drylands Development Centre or DDC), has been a partner of the ELD Initiative. UNDP has provided support to the Options and Pathways to Action work group of the ELD Initiative to help engage stakeholders at the country level in close collaboration with the UNDP Country Offices to contribute to ensuring the policy relevance of ELD Initiative outputs. In this context, GC-RED facilitated consultations with a broad array of relevant stakeholders in four selected countries in Africa (i.e. Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania) introducing the ELD Initiative and generating concrete feedback and guidance on the possible application of the ELD Initiative approach on the ground.
Findings from these consultations contributed to the final ELD Initiative reports which were launched in 2015: i) The value of land, prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management; ii) a report for policy and decision makers, Reaping economic and environmental benefits from sustainable land management; and iii) The economics of land degradation in Africa: benefits of action outweigh the costs.
The consultations in Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania were funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea, channeled through the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); while consultations held in Somalia were funded by the Government of Germany/GIZ. Project activities were implemented under the framework of UNDP’s Integrated Drylands Development Programme and carried out by GC-RED in close collaboration with the UNDP Country Offices in the selected countries and the Options and Pathways to Action working group of the ELD Initiative headed by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). More >