ELD Global Report on the Economics and Politics of Drought Resilience

About the project

Drought, a relentless threat to our environment, lives, and economies, is a crisis that cannot be ignored. Major drought events in the past century have claimed the lives of over 10 million people and caused hundreds of billions of USD in economic losses worldwide. Still, the costs of increased drought are greatly underestimated, leading to inadequate drought preparedness. Despite the clear and present danger, proactive drought management approaches are often lacking, and reactive approaches remain the norm.

The ELD Initiative is working together with esteemed partners on a global report that aims to provide vital insights on the economics and politics of drought resilience to inform international and national decision-making processes, with a focus on nature-based sustainable land solutions. The final report is set to be published by ELD and UNCCD before UNCCD COP16, aiming to inform discussions and negotiations of stakeholders and contributing to creating high-level momentum for the global agenda on drought resilience.