COSTS AND BENEFITS OF SLM: ECON-WOCAT DATASET

Title:  Costs and Benefits of Sustainable Land Management Technologies – a new open access ECON-WOCAT dataset to support project planning and design. 

Content: This new ECON-WOCAT dataset on the costs and benefits of sustainable land management (SLM) technologies is being launched at a time of heightened interest in public and private investments into land restoration, for example, by the United Nations (UN) Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. The ECON-WOCAT dataset consists of detailed information on the costs and benefits of more than 500 SLM technologies from the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) database. The dataset helps fill a critical gap of scarce and often scattered information on the costs of SLM technologies across ecosystems and regions. It highlights positive economic, social, and environmental impacts of these technologies, including their significant potential for creating new jobs, and also provides numerous options for its use in planning and implementation of SLM and land restoration projects from national to global levels. For example, the information can be used to identify the funding needs for the implementation of the cur­rent land restoration commitments by countries as part of their land degradation neutrality (LDN) action plans. Access the ECON-WOCAT dataset and accompanying products.

Year of publication: May 2022

Authors: WOCAT, UNCCD, and ELD in cooperation with the University of Bonn

Language: EN

 

THE STATE OF FINANCE FOR NATURE IN THE G20 REPORT

Title: State of Finance for Nature in the G20: Leading by example to close the investment gap

Content: The State of Finance #ForNature in the G20 report presents the results of a global analysis which tracks investment flows into nature-based solutions and identifies future investments needed to meet the biodiversity, climate and land restoration targets. The report urges governments, financial institutions and businesses to overcome this investment gap by placing nature at the heart of economic decision-making in the future. Learn more.

Year of publication: May 2022

Authors :UNEP, WEF, Vivid Economics, and ELD

Language: EN

STATE OF FINANCE FOR NATURE

Title: State of Finance for Nature: Investments in nature-based solutions need to triple by 2030

Content: The State of Finance #ForNature report presents the results of a global analysis which tracks investment flows into nature-based solutions and identifies future investments needed to meet the biodiversity, climate and land restoration targets. The report urges governments, financial institutions and businesses to overcome this investment gap by placing nature at the heart of economic decision-making in the future. Learn more.

Year of publication: May 2021

Authors :UNEP, WEFVivid Economics, and ELD

LanguageEN

The Economics of Land Degradation Neutrality in Asia (reviewed)

Title: The Economics of Land Degradation Neutrality in Asia - Empirical Analyses and Policy Implications for the Sustainable Development Goals

Content: The report highlights the cost of land degradation and what economic benefits are generated through investments in sustainable land management. It aims at assessing the policy implications of achieving SDG 15.3 on achieving other SGDs, in particular economic growth, rural employment, poverty reduction and food security.

Year of publication: March 2018

Authors: ELD & UNEP

Language: EN

Summary: EN

Report for the Private Sector (reviewed)

Title: Report for the Private Sector. Sustainable land management - A business opportunity

Content: In this report, the ELD Initiative outlines the benefits for the private sector to invest in sustainable land management and provides pathways for larger, medium and small enterprises to profit from the potential benefits.

Year of publication: July 2016

Author: ELD

Language: EN / FR

ELD Practitioner's Guide 2015

Title: Practitioner's Guide 'Pathways and Options for Action and Stakeholder Engagement'

Content: The Practitioner's Guide 2015 has been developed to facilitate engagement between stakeholders in identifying pathways to action that can help tackling and adapting to the challenges of land degradation on the ground. It is based on materials of the ELD Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC).

Year of publication: October 2015

Author: ELD & UNEP

Language: EN / FR

ELD Fact Sheet on Africa

Title: The costs of land degradation and benefits of sustainable land management in Africa

Content: This fact sheet summarizes the results of the report "The Economics of Land Degradation in Africa - Benefits of Action Outweigh the Costs. A complementary report to the ELD Initiative" published by the ELD Initiative in close cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme. Furthermore, it gives a comprehensive overview of the case studies conducted by the ELD Initiative and its partners in Africa.

Year of publication: October 2017

Author: ELD

Language: EN / FR

The Economics of Land Degradation in Africa (reviewed)

Title: The Economics of Land Degradation in Africa - Benefits of Action Outweigh the Costs. A complementary report to the ELD Initiative

Content: This report views regional data on the economic costs of soil erosion related to land degradation in Africa and it analyses the costs and benefits of taking action against soil-erosion-induced nutrient losses on arable lands.

Year of publication: October 2015

Author: ELD & UNEP

Language: EN / FR

The Value of Land (reviewed)

Title: The Value of Land - Prosperous lands & positive rewards through sustainable land management

Content: The Value of Land introduces the ELD Initiative and its 6+1 approach, highlighting the importance of valuing ecosystem services, the potential of sustainable land management to mitigate land degradation as well as pathways for stakeholders' engagement and perspectives.

Year of publication: September 2015

Author: ELD

Language: EN / FR

Summary: EN / FR

Maps: scenarios by country (external link)

Report for policy and decision makers (reviewed)

Title: Reaping economic and environmental benefits from sustainable land management

Content: This ELD report presents tools for policy and decision-makers to promote and secure future wealth and human-wellbeing through practices of sustainable land management and demonstrates how those can contribute to society's well-being at all scales within a short period of time.

Year of publication: September 2015

Author: ELD

Language: EN / FR

Summary: EN / FR

ELD User Guide (reviewed)

Title: A 6+1 step approach to assess the economics of land management

Content: This document serves as an instructional and guiding text for stakeholders interested in performing cost-benefits analyses for sustainable land management options using the ELD Initiative 6+1 approach, including examples from the initiative and its partners to demonstrate each part of the process.

Year of publication: July 2015

Author: ELD

Language: EN / FR / AR / ES / RU

ELD Practitioner's Guide 2014

Title: Practitioner's Guide 'The Economics of Land Degradation'

Content: This guide reaches out to provide decision-makers, among others managers, NGOs and farmers, with the required skills to make an economic case preventing or reversing land degradation and to adopt more sustainable land management pracitces.

Year of publication: December 2014

Author: ELD

Language: EN / FR / RU / TR / HI / AR

ELD Assessment

Title: Land Degradation - Less Favored Lands and the Rural Poor: A Spatial and Economic Analysis

Content: This study addresses the determination of the spatial distribtuion of the global rural population on less favored agricultural land and areas as well as on degrading and improving land. Additionally it looks at how these distributions affect poverty in developing countries.

Year of publication: September 2014

Author: ELD

Language: EN

ELD Scientific Interim Report

Title: The rewards of investing in sustainable land management

Content: This interim report is a reflection of scientific work that has been synthesized and analysed building on earlier studies and ELD contributions in the context of the work of UNCCD.

Year of publication: September 2013

Author: ELD

Language: EN

Summary: EN

ELD Business Brief

Title: OPPORTUNITY LOST: Mitigating risk and making the most of your land assets

Content: The ELD Business Brief evaluates the risk of land degradation for various industry sectors and discusses the impacts of land degradation on businesses. Additionally, the document highlights a number of successful business cases turning land degradation into business opportunities.

Year of publication: June 2013

Author: ELD

Language: EN

ELD Initiative - Brochure

Title: A Global Initiative for sustainable land management

Content: This brochure provides a short overview of the current trend of land degradation and a comprehensive summary of the ELD Initiative, including its mission, vision and successes.

Year of publication: April 2013

Author: ELD

Language: EN / FR