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The Economics of Land Degradation

Land degradation and desertification threaten fertile land and the benefits human society derives from it throughout the world. On a global scale, around 10 – 20% of drylands and 24% of the world’s productive lands are degraded. The consequences are alarming: food insecurity, poverty, reduced availability of clean water, and increased vulnerability of affected areas to climate change. It is estimated that 1.5 billion people across the world are already directly affected through reduced income or food security. The annual economic losses due to deforestation and land degradation were estimated at 1.5 – 3.4 trillion Euro in 2008, equaling 3.3 – 7.5% of the global GDP in 2008. Competition for the scarce resources of soil and water is further intensified by the growing world population and increasing demand for alternative land management products.

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, provides a platform for discussion between stakeholders from the policy, science, and private sectors, focused on developing globally relevant data on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems. It highlights the potential benefits derived from adopting sustainable land management practices and seeks to establish a universal approach for economic analysis of land management.

ELD Gallery

ELD Initiative session panelists at the 2nd Global Soil Week, Berlin - GermanyMark Schauer (ELD-S) and Maike Potthast (GIZ) moderating the ELD Initiative session at the 2nd Global Soil Week in Berlin - Germany. October 2013ELD Initiative Exhibition booth. L-R: Mark Schauer (ELD-S), German Ambassador in Namibia Onno Hückmann and Sarah M. Odera (ELD-S)Vice Minister Gabriel Quijandría Acosta, Ministry of Environment - Peru, Mark Schauer (ELD-S) and Maike-Christine Potthast (GIZ) at ELD Initiative StandParticipants at the ELD Initiative Land for Business - Business for Land workshop. June 2013Mayor of Bonn Jürgen Nimptsch and Director Timo Makela (EC) at the Land for Business - Business for Land ELD Initiative workshop. June 2013United Nations, Bonn - GermanyParticipants in discussion at the 2nd ELD Initiative Private Sector Workshop. March 2014Partcipants at the 2nd ELD Initiative Private Sector Workshop. L-R: Naomi Stewart (UNU-INWEH) and Willem Ferwerda (ERF)L-R: Hannes Etter (ELD-S) and Willem Ferwerda (ERF) at the 2nd ELD Initiative Private Sector Workshop. March 2014L-R: Johannes Kotschi (AGRECOL) and Mark Schauer (ELD-S) at the 2nd ELD Initiative Private Sector Workshop. March 2014Participants at the 2nd ELD Initiatve Private Sector Workshop. March 2014Wall of fame. Pictures of participants at the 2nd ELD Private Sector Workshop. March 2014Expertise and Resources available. Participants mark the availableGully erosion near Narok, KenyaRichard Thomas (ELD scientific coordination) presenting at 3rd Scientific Meeting, KenyaHannes Etter (ELD-S) presenting at ELD Initiative meeting of working group leaders in Nairobi3rd Scientifc meeting, Kenya - Group picture during a fieldtrip to NarokLindsay Stringer (Uni Leeds) and Stacey Noel (SEI) at ELD stakeholder consultations, Malacanang Palace, PhilippinesELD Initiative Writeshop 2015, BangkokELD Writeshop participants discussing structure and content of ELD report
ELD Initiative session panelists at the 2nd Global Soil Week, Berlin - Germany
Mark Schauer (ELD-S) and Maike Potthast (GIZ) moderating the ELD Initiative session at the 2nd Global Soil Week in Berlin - Germany. October 2013
ELD Initiative Exhibition booth. L-R: Mark Schauer (ELD-S), German Ambassador in Namibia Onno Hückmann and Sarah M. Odera (ELD-S)
Vice Minister Gabriel Quijandría Acosta, Ministry of Environment - Peru, Mark Schauer (ELD-S) and Maike-Christine Potthast (GIZ) at ELD Initiative Stand
Participants at the ELD Initiative Land for Business - Business for Land workshop. June 2013
Mayor of Bonn Jürgen Nimptsch and Director Timo Makela (EC) at the Land for Business - Business for Land ELD Initiative workshop. June 2013
United Nations, Bonn - Germany
Participants in discussion at the 2nd ELD Initiative Private Sector Workshop. March 2014
Partcipants at the 2nd ELD Initiative Private Sector Workshop. L-R: Naomi Stewart (UNU-INWEH) and Willem Ferwerda (ERF)
L-R: Hannes Etter (ELD-S) and Willem Ferwerda (ERF) at the 2nd ELD Initiative Private Sector Workshop. March 2014
L-R: Johannes Kotschi (AGRECOL) and Mark Schauer (ELD-S) at the 2nd ELD Initiative Private Sector Workshop. March 2014
Participants at the 2nd ELD Initiatve Private Sector Workshop. March 2014
Wall of fame. Pictures of participants at the 2nd ELD Private Sector Workshop. March 2014
Expertise and Resources available. Participants mark the available
Gully erosion near Narok, Kenya
Richard Thomas (ELD scientific coordination) presenting at 3rd Scientific Meeting, Kenya
Hannes Etter (ELD-S) presenting at ELD Initiative meeting of working group leaders in Nairobi
3rd Scientifc meeting, Kenya - Group picture during a fieldtrip to Narok
Lindsay Stringer (Uni Leeds) and Stacey Noel (SEI) at ELD stakeholder consultations, Malacanang Palace, Philippines
ELD Initiative Writeshop 2015, Bangkok
ELD Writeshop participants discussing structure and content of ELD report
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