WHO WE ARE

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.

News

“Regreening Africa”: Outcome of the Rwanda dissemination workshop

Find out the results of the ELD case study in Rwanda and the outcomes of our policy dialogue with stakeholders at the ELD dissemination workshop. (EN/FR)

“Regreening Africa”: Outcome of the Kenya dissemination workshop

Find out the results of the ELD case study in Kenya and the outcomes of our policy dialogue with stakeholders at the ELD dissemination workshop.

ELD at the "Gate to Hell" in Iceland

In March 2020, ELD held a workshop in Iceland to assist the national government with a project to valuate ecosystem services in the Hekluskógar reserve.

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