About the ELD Initiative

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is a global science-policy initiative that works to integrate the true value of land and its ecosystem services in decision-making and to capitalize on this value through policy reforms, economic instruments, institutional design and financing strategies with the aim of boosting action and investments for sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration.

Established in 2011 between the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the European Commission and hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the ELD Initiative recently entered its second decade of activities - a "Decade for Action".

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Doubling finance flows into nature-based solutions by 2025 to deal with global crises

ELD - in collaboration with UNEP - have released a second joint report 'State of Finance for Nature'.

ELD Newsletter - June 2022

Latest updates from the ELD Initiative, covering events, publications, and more.

Main take-aways from UNCCD COP 15 for ELD

After the two-week meeting on the future of land management, and an active participation of the ELD Initiative partners, there are a number of key messages to take away for ELD.