About ELD

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 who aim at transforming global understanding of the economic value of productive land and at improving stakeholder awareness for socio-economic arguments to accelerate sustainable land management (SLM). ELD offers a universal mainstreamed approach to quantify the costs of land degradation as well as the economic benefits of SLM.

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.