Founding partners

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The BMZ is a founding member of the ELD Initiative. Freedom and security for all; a life without poverty, fear and environmental destruction – these are the aims of Germany's development policy. Guiding principles will be protecting human rights and fostering the developing countries' sense of ownership and ability to help themselves.

European Commission

The European Commission (EC) is a founding member of the ELD Initiative promoting the European Union's general interest. The EC delivers humanitarian assistance and international aid worldwide with the goal to protect the environment and to minimise risks to climate, human health and biodiversity

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is a founding member of the ELD Initiative and the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management in order to restore the productivity of degraded land, improve livelihoods, and reduce the impacts on vulnerable populations.

Host organization

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


ELD Partners

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Australian National University (ANU)

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) 


Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

  United Nations University (UNU)


University of Leeds

Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

World Economic Forum (WEF)

BC3 Basque Centre For Climate Change-Klima Aldaketa Ikergai

Group on Earth Observations Land Degradation Neutrality (GEO LDN) Initiative

GRÓ Land Restoration Training Programme (GRÓ LRT)

The Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn

The University of Rwanda (UR)

Partenariat pour le Developpement Locale (PDL)

Groundswell International

Arba Minch University (AMU)

Sara Hernandez Consulting



Sanjeevani Institute for Empowerment & Development (SIED)