Knowledge Note

"Learn why land degradation can lead to adverse outcomes for vulnerable groups around the world."

Land degradation can cause or exacerbate poverty and inequality by disproportionally impacting on populations that largely depend on land resources for their livelihoods. Evidence gathered from over 800 subnational regions shows that areas with the highest proportion of degraded land are also home to the most disadvantaged people in terms of poverty and inequality, which reinforces the call for measures that will alleviate their current situation.

This briefing note explores the linkages between land degradation, poverty and inequality, making the case that investing in Land Degradation Neutrality (Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 15.3) matters not only for the conservation of terrestrial ecosystems, but also for some of the most pressing country priorities, such as ending poverty (SDG 1) and reducing inequality (SDG 10).

This briefing note was published by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Bonn, Germany, and was prepared with the support of the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Conservation International (CI) and German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). To read more about the UNCCD, please click here.