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Acronym: 
EDL Initiative
Phone number: 
+49 228 4460-3740

Location

ELD Initiative Secretariat
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36
53113 Bonn
Germany
DE
Working languages: 
English

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is an initiative on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems. The initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It aims to make economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.

Our Vision

The partners’ vision of Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is to transform global understanding of the value of land and create awareness of the economic case for sustainable land management that prevents loss of natural capital, secures livelihoods, preserves ecosystem services, combats climate change, and addresses food, energy, and water security, and to create capacity for the utilisation of economic information for sustainable land management.

Mission Statement

The central purpose and role of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is that through an open inter-disciplinary partnership:

 

  • We work on the basis of a holistic framework built upon a recognized methodology to include the economic benefits of sustainable land management in political decision-making;

     

  • We build a compelling economic case for the benefits derived from sustainable land management from the local to the global level while applying a multi-level approach;

     

  • We estimate quantitatively the economic benefits derived from adopting sustainable land management practices and compare them to the costs of these practices;

     

  • We develop the capacities of decision-makers and land users through innovative formats to adapt and build their knowledge into national frameworks and action on the ground;

     

  • We stimulate the transformation towards land uses that provide fulfilling and secure livelihoods to all while growing natural capital, enhancing ecosystem services, boosting resilience and combating climate change;

     

  • We increase the awareness of the total value of land with its related ecosystem services;

     

  • We mainstream the full benefits of land in international and national land use strategies and action programmes by proposing effective solutions, tailored to country- or region-specific needs, including policies, and activities to reduce land degradation, mitigate climate change and the loss of biodiversity, and deliver food, energy, and water security worldwide.

Economics of Land Degradation Initiative Resources

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Conference Papers & Reports
July 2016
Global

With around one third of the world’s arable land
degraded, estimated annual losses of 6.3 to 10.6
USD trillion, and a projected need to increase food
production from land by 70 per cent by 2050, we
simply cannot afford to neglect the loss of potential
production from careless land management.
Whenever land is not producing at its potential,

Conference Papers & Reports
December 2015
Angola
Burundi
Benin
Burkina Faso
Botswana
Central African Republic
Ivory Coast
Cameroon
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Congo
Djibouti
Egypt
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Ghana
Guinea
Kenya
Liberia
Lesotho
Morocco
Madagascar
Mali
Mozambique
Mauritania
Malawi
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Sudan
Senegal
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Eswatini
Chad
Togo
Tunisia
Tanzania
South Africa
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Western Africa
Eastern Africa
Northern Africa
Middle Africa
Southern Africa

Land degradation and desertification are among the biggest environmental challenges of our time. In the last 40 years, we lost nearly a third of the world’s arable farmland due to erosion, just as the number of people to be fed from it almost doubled. That’s why the UN General Assembly declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils.

Conference Papers & Reports
December 2015
Jordan
Western Asia

Jordanian rangelands are a source of valued
livestock produce, carbon storage, biodiversity, and
medicinal plants. They also serve as watersheds
that receive rainfall, yield surface water, and
replenish groundwater throughout the area
east and south of the western Jordan highlands.
Appropriate land management, which is currently

Conference Papers & Reports
December 2015
Mali
Western Africa

The Kelka forest in the Mopti region of Mali is
important for the provision of ecosystem services
like carbon sequestration and maintenance of
the hydrological cycle. The Kelka forest area
occupies more than 300, 000 hectares with 15
villages within and around its boundaries. The
forest resources and soil fertility of the forest

Conference Papers & Reports
December 2015
Ethiopia
Eastern Africa

Soil erosion and deposition values were estimated using pixel based landscape information and the Unit Stream Power Erosion Deposition (USPED) model, which works with the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) parameters.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Central Asia

In this issue: the meeting in Antalya laid the foundation for the implementation of the ELD Initiative in Central Asia. The ELD CA Initiative held a working meeting in Ashgabat. Communication issues have been identified. A working meeting of the group of Tajik specialists. ELD CA paths of cooperation are being determined. A 6-step approach to issues of the Economics of Land Degradation.

Conference Papers & Reports
December 2015
Global

As the world’s population continues to rise, there is
an ever increasing demand for our land to produce
a diverse range of products such as food, timber,
and fuel. Our growing need for these goods is
leading to higher levels of competition between
different land uses and, as a result, land users. Not
only is the quantity of land available for production

Economics of Land Degradation Initiative: Report for policy and decision makers cover image
Reports & Research
Training Resources & Tools
September 2015
Global

Considering the figures given in the foreword and found in the literature about the on-going and increasing degradation of land and land-based ecosystems and their productivity, this indicates a pressing need to re-design current policies and clearly defined guidance for future action for sustainable land management.

Institutional & promotional materials
August 2015
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Central Asia

In this issue: ELD CA National teams defined and visited pilot research sites. ELD CA Initiative presented at the International Water Forum of Mountain Countries. ELD CA National teams defined ecosystem services and their valuation methods. ELD CA and UNDP BIOFIN project in Kazakhstan defined the cooperation during the

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