Numbers can tell a compelling story. In this brochure, the numbers highlight how much we rely on productive land. Amongst other valuable services, land feeds our families, provides fresh water and powers our future ambitions. Much of the data collected here, however, demonstrate how close we are to pushing our relationship with the land to breaking point.
The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, held from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Cancún, Mexico, used a novel, participatory approach to explore the various forms of knowledge that link biophysical and social systems, the vulnerabilities of these systems and potential pathways to reach sustainable land management.
A relatively obscure and technical determination earlier this week by a relatively little-known international body could mean a sea change in economic and social empowerment prospects for hundreds of millions of women and their families. Insecure rights to land constrain opportunity for over 2 billion people living in urban and rural informality. And women fare the worst.
Poor rural women in developing countries are critical to the survival of their families. Fertile land is their lifeline. But the number of people negatively affected by land degradation is growing rapidly. Crop failures, water scarcity and the migration of traditional crops are damaging rural livelihoods. Action to halt the loss of more fertile land must focus on households. At this level, land use is based on the roles assigned to men and women.
The report provides scientifically sound practical guidance for selecting SLM practices that help address DLDD, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and for creating an enabling environment for their large-scale implementation considering local realities. It targets a broad audience from scientists, policy makers, landowners, community stakeholders and enterprises.
Rodrigo Castañeda, jefe de la Unidad de Alianzas de la FAO, Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura, en una charla coloquio en el Campus EOI Madrid, en la que ha abordado los grandes retos globales a los que se enfrenta la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura. Según el último informe anual de la ONU, unos 815 millones de personas en el mundo sufren hambre, lo que representa el 11% de la población del planeta y la cifra más alta en la última década.
In this brief, UNCCD identifies the key element in the climate change equation often missing in the current discussions. UNCCD offers an evidence-based argument that the mitigation potential of the land use sector, realized through land rehabilitation and ecosystem restoration activities, can make a significant and immediate contribution to reducing the emissions gap.
A new United Nations report warns that a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded thanks to a doubling in the consumption of natural resources over the past 30 years. Some 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil are lost each year, according to the Global Land Outlook (GLO), launched by the secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), at the meeting of States parties taking place in Ordos, China. The GLO takes a critical look at financial and socio-economic values of land, and its impact on the poor.