Our establishment

The Economics of Land Degradation Initiative is a global initiative established in 2011 by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the European Commission. It is supported by a broad network of partners across diverse fields of knowledge.

The Initiative is coordinated and supported by the ELD Secretariat, which is hosted by Sector Project Soil Protection, Desertification, Sustainable land management (BoDeN) at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Mission Statement


  1. We seek to transform global understanding of the economic value of productive land.

  2. We make the economic case for governments to invest in sustainable land management.

  3. We build the capacity of people around the world to make an economic case for land in their own countries.


ELD maintains a balanced perspective on parallel global concerns about the trajectory of anthropogenically induced trends and impact on land, which can be interlinked with endeavours to increase efficiency and outputs. Large-scale efforts that the ELD Initiative specifically endeavours to synergistically match its outputs with include the SDGs and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).