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.


ELD Initiative at UNCCD COP14 September 2 -13, 2019

ELD Initiative will co-host and participate in several side events at the 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14), 2–13 September 2019.

Upcoming ESP wolrd conference in Hannover

ELD Initiative will attend the 10th ESP World Conference from 21st to 25th October in Hannover. Our team will present the Initiative´s current work and invite to a session on how the network can create sustainable policy impacts.

ELD Initiative is looking for peer reviewers

ELD Initiative is looking for peer reviewers, who would like to review our latest scientific reports on the economics of land degradation and restoration in West and East Africa.

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