Knowledge Note

"How land degradation neutrality (LDN) can address the priorities of both the CBD and the UNCCD in an effective and complementary manner."

Land degradation and biodiversity loss are strongly related and are both the causes and consequences of a single environmental crisis affecting all life on land. Addressing both challenges, while also achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), demands common approaches and solutions, involving integrated policymaking and action at both global and national levels. The report highlights how land degradation neutrality (LDN) can address the priorities of both the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in an effective and complementary manner. According to the report, LDN and the CBD’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity have multiple mutual objectives aimed at promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, ecosystems and biodiversity and can therefore strongly reinforce each other. Both also include a commitment to socio-economic goals, including contributing to health, livelihoods, and well-being and ensuring that the benefits from the sustainable use of land and biodiversity accrue to all, especially women, indigenous communities, and the poor and vulnerable.

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