Land resources are one of nature’s most precious gifts. They feed us and help our societies and economies to thrive. This report examines how to better evaluate and use the potential of land on the way to achieving land degradation neutrality.

    Did you know?

    We lose 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil and 15 billion trees a year, at a cost of $40 billion.

    Did you know?

    An estimated 33 per cent of the world’s soil is moderately to highly degraded.

    Land restoration and biodiversity conservation are key to achieving land-degradation neutrality.

    The report

      Land resources are one of nature’s most precious gifts. They feed us and help our societies and economies to thrive. Some 2.5 billion agricultural smallholders worldwide manage around 500 million small farms, providing more than 80 per cent of food consumed in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

      These resources are being degraded at an alarming pace. An estimated 33 per cent of soil is moderately to highly-degraded due to erosion, nutrient depletion, acidification, salinization, compaction and chemical pollution. Each year we lose 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil and 15 billion trees, costing the economy around $40 billion.

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