Harness the opportunities of a future where land is used sustainably and in balance with nature
Land degradation adversely affects the businesses, communities and species that depend on that land. It also contributes significantly to climate change. The productivity of land is reduced by land degradation. And it is the communities that are often already exposed to climate related risks that are made even more vulnerable when the land they depend on is degraded. In addition, competition for scarce land resources is projected to increase social instability like conflict and migration (UNCCD, 2017).
Companies’ and cities’ impacts on land come primarily from land transformation – changing from one land use category to another – and land occupation – the continuous use of an area of land for human-led purposes.
people are affected by land degradation around the world
of annual GDP is lost to the global economy as a result of land degradation
We need to find more sustainable ways of using land so we can produce food, fiber, and fuel, transport it to market and build infrastructure in a way that does not cause degradation.
To prevent land degradation and restore land that is already degraded, companies and cities need to take a holistic approach to setting science-based targets for nature. This means considering their impacts on land in relation to biodiversity, water, ocean, water and climate. The actions companies and cities take to address land degradation should support their goals in other areas. Doing so will increase the return on investments made in the process of setting and taking action to achieve their science-based targets.