ELD is a global initiative that makes the values of land and its ecosystem services count in decisions – hence uncovering the true costs and benefits of land degradation and sustainable land management. We do this with the aim to inform, promote, and scale land solutions for transformative change; these solutions include sustainable land management and restoration practices, policy instruments and institutional design, and financing solutions and strategies. In working at the science-policy-practice interface, ELD brings scientific knowledge and evidence into political and business discourses and decision making.

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".


ELD teaching in Iceland

On May 2-3, ELD was teaching on the economics of land degradation and restoration as part of the 6-month Land Restoration Training program (GRÓ-LRT) that is under the auspices of UNESCO.

Workshop on transboundary cooperation: Land degradation and sustainability of agri-food systems in Central Asia

ELD workshop on regional cooperation in Central Asia “Leveraging synergies for integrative land-biodiversity-climate action and Development of the Peace Forest Initiative for land restoration, prevention of sand and dust storms and shared natural…

ELD Newsletter - December 2023

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