ELD Decade for Action

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is a global science-policy initiative established in 2011. The Initiative recently entered its second decade of activities. More than ever, this decade needs to be "A Decade for Action".

Our Vision

The ELD Initiative aspires for a land degradation neutral world through sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration as a basis for resilient landscapes, food systems, livelihoods, and the well-being of people. Understanding the true value of land and healthy ecosystems is key for the urgently needed global transformation towards sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration.

Our Mission

In the new Decade for Action 2022-2030, ELD’s mission is to integrate the true value of land and its ecosystem services in decision-making, policies, and investments and to capitalize on this value through policy reforms, economic instruments, and financing strategies with the aim of boosting action and investments for sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration.

What we have achieved over the last decade

During its first decade of activities, the ELD Initiative

  • Raised global awareness for the value of land with 8 global and 6 regional studies covering 86 Asian and African countries that informed policy processes such as UNGA, UNCCD, G20 and G7 as well as AMCEN
  • Supported and informed policy and decision-making in taking better land decisions with more than 30 country assessments at national, regional or local level
  • Developed its internationally recognized "6+1 step approach" to assess the economics of land and ecosystem services
  • Trained close to 2,000 professionals - NGO representatives, academics, local and national government officials - to conduct further studies

Our story

The 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).

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