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 Writeshop 2023: Advancing the economics of land degradation and sustainable land management

From 31st July to 4th August 2023, leading experts from the ELD Working Group came together at UCL London during the ELD Writeshop 2023 addressing key knowledge gaps of the economics of land degradation and sustainable land management.

ELD Newsletter - June 2023

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

Rio synergies: how agroecology and restoration contribute to climate, biodiversity and land targets

On 6th June 2023, the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Biovision Foundation, the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative, WWF and the Agroecology Coalition convened a side event at the Bonn Climate…