Recent studies conducted by UNCCD show that land degradation today is happening at a faster rate than ever before. Human activities, habitation patterns and climate change are exacerbating soil erosion, deteriorating soil quality and causing long-term loss of natural vegetation. Globally, 23 per cent of the land is no longer productive, and 75 per cent has been transformed.
Reversing this trend and restoring land will require us to adopt sustainable land management practices, adopt a multifunctional landscape approach, improve land use planning and invest in nature-based solutions. To this end, BES-Net collaborates with and supports UNCCD in promoting land degradation neutrality, bringing needs and solutions together, and finding synergies with the capacity-building work of the Convention, based on the IPBES assessment on land degradation and restoration.