Scenario development

Scenarios are critical to generate practical and feasible policy options for land.


Given growing demands on land and emerging challenges from land degradation and climate change, policymakers require information on the possible consequences.

Global scenarios on land-use change and land degradation represent potential storylines, descriptions, and evaluations of how the future may unfold. 

The primary aim of a scenario is to help decision-makers to explore and shape the future and realise a long-term vision of sustainable development for all. (UNCCD, GLO 2017)

Our work

  • GEO Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative (GEO-LDN)

    ELD is a part of the the Group on Earth Observations Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative (GEO-LDN).

    The initiative is a stakeholder-driven initiative that was launched in 2018 during the Group on Earth Observations Week in Kyoto, Japan. It brings together Earth observation data providers and governments to develop minimum data quality standards, analytical tools and capacity building needed to strengthen land degradation monitoring and reporting, using remote sensing and data collected on site. Through this work, governments will have the necessary data and tools to prioritize interventions and monitor outcomes to manage land better. Learn more



ELD 6+1 step approach

The ELD 6+1 step approach enables users to undertake scientifically sound cost-benefit analyses to inform decision-making processes. It can be applied at different scales and scopes, with the aim to achieve a more holistic assessment of the value of different land use options (Noel and Soussan, 2010; ELD Initiative, 2013) for all stakeholders.


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