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LANDac International Conference 2022
23 June 2022
Authors: 
Mr. Neil Sorensen
Netherlands
Global

The 13th Annual LANDac Annual Conference is taking place in person next week in Utrecht, Netherlands, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. All the conference sessions will also be accessible online to registered participants. LANDac brings together land governance stakeholders from around the world who might not otherwise meet, including academic researchers, the private, civil society, and policy makers.

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17 June 2022
Global

June 17th 2022-  Today marks #DesertificationAndDroughtDay and to highlight the occasion, the Land Portal, FAO and the UNCCD have come together to launch two new products; a portfolio and podcast, delving into the important relationship between land tenure and Land Degradation Neutrality.  

Empowering civil society and communities through open land data
14 June 2022
Authors: 
Lilian Lee
Africa
Cameroon
Namibia
South America
Colombia
Paraguay
Global

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Countries

Shifting cultivation in forested area. Photo by Axel Fassio, CIFOR, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license

The DRC has been described as “a rich country of poor people”. It covers an area of 2,345,410 km². It has a population of some 89 million people and a surface area equivalent to that of Western Europe. It is the largest country by area in sub–Saharan Africa. Four national languages are recognised, but overall, more than 200 languages are spoken within its borders, albeit with varying reaches.

The impacts of conflict continue to affect Angola. Photo by JBDodane via Flickr (CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 license)

Angola is the third-largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a population of 32 million people. The capital city Luanda has a population of over 8 million people and is the fifth-largest city in Africa.  Angola is still struggling to recover from the combined impacts of slavery, decades of anti-colonial struggle followed by a mass exodus of settlers and a 27-year civil war which was waged from independence in 1976 until 2002.

Issues

Photo by UNICEF Ethiopia. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

One third of the world’s soils - including farmland, forests, rangelands, and urban land - are already degraded and it is estimated that this number could rise to almost 90% by 2050. Land Degradation occurs naturally, but research shows that land degradation is increasingly caused directly or indirectly by unsustainable human activities, notably deforestation, overgrazing, mining or intensive agriculture. This has driven biodiversity loss, desertification, and led to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

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The SDG Land Tracker provides easy access to official data and information on all land-specific SDG indicators. It concisely explains the indicators, why they are important, and tracks progress.

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