Land degradation and desertification threaten fertile land throughout the world. The consequences are alarming: smaller harvests, reduced availability of clean water, increased vulnerability of the affected areas to climate change and, not least, food insecurity and poverty. It is estimated that 1.5 billion people in all parts of the world are already directly affected. In view of the world’s growing population, food security is one of the most pressing challenges of our time.
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Launch of the ELD Report. L-R: Luc Gnacadja (UNCCD), Nicholas Hanley (EC) and Richard Thomas (UNU-INWEH). Picture by IISD
Sarah Maryanne Odera (ELD-S) Holding the ELD Report. Picture by IISD
German Ambassador to Namibia visits ELD Initiative Exhibition booth at the UNCCD CoP 11. L-R: Mark Schauer (Coordinator, ELD Initiative), Ambassador Onno Hückmann and Sarah Maryanne Odera (Communications, ELD-S)
Participants at the ELD Initiative Land for Business - Business for Land workshop. June 2013
Mayor of Bonn Jürgen Nimptsch and Director Timo Makela - European Commission, at the Land for Business - Business for Land ELD Initiative workshop. June 2013
ELD Initiative Core Group interim meeting participants. L – R: Mark Schauer (ELD-S), Christine Seeberg-Elverfeldt (BMZ), Louise Baker (UNCCD), Patrick Wegerdt (EC), Aleksandra Kordecka (EC), Sarah Maryanne Odera (ELD-S), Anneke Trux (GIZ), Lucie Andeltova (ELD-S) and Stefan Schmitz (BMZ).
Presenting at ELD Initiative session at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference. L-R: Richard Thomas (UNU-INWEH), Mark Schauer (ELD-S), Makiko Yashiro (UNEP), Ephraim Nkonya (IFPRI), Simone Quatrini (GM), Maryanne Sarah Odera (ELD-S), Stacey Noel (SEI) and Emmanuelle Quillerou (ELD-S).
Visiting the ELD Initiative stand Vice Minister Gabriel Quijandría Acosta, Ministry of Environment - Peru (viceministro de Desarrollo Estratégico de los Recursos Naturales, del MINAM) , Mark Schauer (ELD-S) and Maike-Christine Potthast (GIZ).
Mark Schauer (ELD-S) and Maike Potthast (GIZ) moderating the ELD Initiative session at the 2nd Global Soil Week in Berlin - Germany. October 2013
Vandana Shiva at the opening session of the 2nd Global Soil Week, Berlin - Germany
Klaus Töpfer at the opening session of the 2nd Global Soil Week, Berlin - Germany
Exhibition area at the 2nd Global Soil Week, Berlin - Germany. L-R: Maike Potthast (GIZ), Tanja Gönner (GIZ) and Mark Schauer (ELD-S)
ELD Initiative session panelists at the 2nd Global Soil Week, Berlin - Germany