The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) invites you to submit good practices and success stories on land degradation and restoration. Your stories will be reviewed and, once approved, shared on the BES-Net portal in a Good Practice Repository to become available in early 2018. In addition, select submissions may be included in upcoming BES-Net newsletters and in BES-Net land degradation and restoration event-related documents to be released in early 2018. The authors will be mentioned as contributors in the publication.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) defines land degradation as the reduction or loss, in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, of the biological or economic productivity and complexity of rainfed cropland, irrigated cropland, or range, pasture, forest and woodlands resulting from land uses or from a process or combination of processes, including processes arising from human activities and habitation patterns, such as:

  • Soil erosion caused by wind and/or water
  • Deterioration of the physical, chemical and biological or economic properties of soil
  • Long-term loss of natural vegetation.

Land restoration is defined as reversing land degradation processes by conversion to restorative land uses, adoption of recommended management practices and changes to enhance land resilience and restore soil productivity and ecosystem services.
Please choose one or more following response options (solutions) to frame and write the story on your good practice:

  • Key threats to land-based ecosystems and solutions
    • Solutions should examine opportunities to reduce the environmental, social and economic risks, threats and impacts associated with land degradation.
  • Land use change and its impact on land degradation and restoration
    • Solutions that address land use change, including the conversion of land areas to farmlands, pastures, human settlements and urban areas, which can result in land degradation, deforestation and loss of biodiversity.
  • Land degradation, restoration and indigenous and local knowledge
    • Solutions should capture and engage various existing concepts and perspectives related to land degradation and restoration, and recognize diverse knowledge systems with a focus on representing indigenous and local knowledge.
  • Land degradation impacts on other natural resources
    • Solutions should address land degradation impacts on other resources such as freshwater, floodplains, wetlands and coastal systems. The focus is on how these ecosystems relate to the provision of services to people – food and water security, and exposure to natural hazards.
  • Land degradation and restoration financing solutions
    • Examples of solutions include financing solutions that have been adopted including public and/or private financing solutions.
  • Land restoration solutions
    • Examples of solutions include land restoration activities, policies and programs at various scales ranging from local to sub-national and national levels. Activities that support the Bonn Challenge, launched a global effort in 2011 to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020, should be highlighted.
  • Climate change and its relation to land degradation and restoration
    • Examples of solutions include targeted habitat creation or restoration to manage refuges and connectivity and increase biodiversity.

All individuals, communities and organizations are eligible and invited to this opportunity to submit their good practices.
The good practices can be submitted in English, Spanish and French. 
Submission Guidelines
In order to submit your proposal, we invite you to please review these details on submission and use the Good Practice template available here. All submissions should be sent to Marta Panco at as word documents using the template provided.