THE VALUE OF LAND - 2015 ELD Report Launch


Land degradation is an increasing issue globally, exacerbated by climate change and affecting food security, threatening water resources and ultimately acting as a driver to migration.

The ELD study, undertaken over the past 4 years, quantifies the costs of land degradation and sets out a universal approach for quantifying the economic benefits of sustainable land management. It aims to enable decision makers to better understand the overall costs and benefits when implementing policies and actions dealing with land.

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is a platform for discussion between stakeholders from the policy, science, and private sectors that focuses on developing globally-relevant data on the economic benefits of land and land-based ecosystems. Aiming at these target groups, the initiative has compiled specific reports: one primary main report, and a parallel report geared towards policy and decision-makers.

These were presented at international high-level events throughout 2015.



The report launches took place near to the date of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, which tackle the issues of land degradation globally, as well as in the context of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

  • Special Event at the European Commission, Brussels, September 15, 2015






Download the new reports here

Help us spread the word on the reports and help to promote the benefits derived from adopting sustainable land management on local, regional, national, and sub-national scales!



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