The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is a global collaboration to evaluate and raise awareness on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems.

What are the economics of land degradation?

Economics of land degradation describes a holistic approach for estimates of the total economic valuation of land and land based ecosystems. The ELD approach covers economic, social and environmental factors as well as the costs and benefits of sustainable land management.

What we do

The ELD Initiative highlights the value of land and its services through research, capacity development, and active knowledge exchange. We provide a global approach for the analysis of the economics of land degradation. Our aim is to ensure that the economic valuation of ecosystem services becomes an integral part of policy strategies and decision-making on land use, land use change and management. Thereby we help countries achieve their Sustainable Development Goals, especially target 15: Life on land.


"Regreening Africa": Meeting of the Steering Committee in Brussels

From 14th to 15th November the EU invited the Steering Committee of the “Reversing Land Degradation in Africa by Scaling-up EverGreen Agriculture” project to Brussels for a joint workshop.

“Regreening Africa”: First Dissemination workshops

The first dissemination workshops within the “Regreening Africa” Project are taking place in Senegal, Niger and Ghana

ELD Campus launched

Finally, our ELD Campus is ready and launched. As the centerpiece of the Knowledge Hub it provides a variety of tools and methodological approaches, jointly developed with our network of partners.


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