The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative was established in 2011 by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the European Commission. The initiative is coordinated and supported by the ELD Secretariat, which is hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The initiative recently entered its second decade of activities. More than ever, this decade needs to bring "Transformative Action for Land".
The ELD Initiative 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.
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.
Our ultimate objective is to boost action and investment for sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration to bring us close to our aspired vision.
The work of the ELD Initiative is organized in three Action Areas:
ELD secretariat team
The ELD initiative is coordinated and supported by the ELD Secretariat, which is hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at the Sector Project on Soil Protection, Combating Desertification, Sustainable Land Management.
Nina BisomPosition ELD Initiative Secretariat Coordinator Location ELD Initiative Secretariat, Bonn, Germany With ELD since Nina joined the ELD Initiative in July 2021 What she does As coordinator, Nina is responsible for the synchronization of partners and donors, strategic exchange and policy dialogue, internal and external communication, internal work streams, and dialogue with potential partners and partner countries. Background Nina holds a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences. Before she joined ELD, Nina worked for GIZ in different projects and positions. From 2006 to 2013, she worked on water policy issues, giving policy advice to the BMZ as well as between 2009 and 2013 to the Burundian government, supporting the Burundian water sector reforms and water resources management. She then worked on a GIZ sector project on environmental policy in Bonn, which she coordinated as team leader from 2017 to 2021.
Waltraud EdererPosition Natural Capital Officer Location ELD Initiative Secretariat, Bonn, Germany With ELD since Waltraud re-joined the ELD Initiative in late 2019, after having already been part of the team in 2015 What she does Waltraud is mainly working on topics related to the ELD workstreams on natural capital and financing for sustainable land management Background Before Waltraud joined ELD, she worked at the interface of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Comprehensive climate risk management and the policy discourse on Loss and Damage built the core of her work as policy advisor. Coordinating capacity development formats and climate risk assessments (incl. economic evaluation) in partner countries used to be an important part of her work. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Economics and Management.
Johannes KrusePosition ELD Project Manager Location ELD Initiative Secretariat, Bonn, Germany With ELD since Johannes joined the ELD Initiative in May 2022. What he does Johannes primarily works on network development, knowledge management and the science-policy interface. He also coordinates the communications work of ELD. Background Before joining ELD, Johannes worked as a policy advisor to the environment division of the German development ministry and coordinator of the BMZ Green Value Initiative – Natural Capital in Africa. He has extensive experience with integrating the value of nature in decision-making and policies in partner countries, development banks, and accounting systems. He holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Economics and Management and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics.