About the ELD Initiative

The ELD Initiative makes the values of land count to inform, promote, and scale land solutions for transformative change. ELD is a global initiative that builds bridges between science, policy, and practice. It aspires to a world in which land is managed in a sustainable manner that preserves and restores natural capital including soils, water, and biodiversity, enhances ecosystem services, ensures climate-resilient landscapes and food systems, provides livelihoods, and secures the well-being of people and the rest of nature. In this world, land degradation is at least net neutral and preferably significantly reversed.

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. More than ever, this needs to bring "Transformative Action for Land".

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ELD Newsletter - January 2023

Latest updates from the ELD Initiative, covering events and workshops, case study updates, publications as well as community news.

Maximizing Synergies Among Rio Conventions to Accelerate the Biodiversity, Climate, and Land Agendas – ELD Initiative and UNCCD Side Event at CBD COP 15

New ELD evidence on the economics of land-based Rio-targets in Rwanda kicked-off discussions at an ELD-UNCCD side event at the UN Biodiversity Conference identifying entry points for better linkages of the climate, land, and biodiversity agendas.