Land tenure in support of land degradation neutrality


Authors: J. D. Unruh , S. Akhobadze , H. O. Ibrahim , B. Karapinar, B. S. Kusum , M. Montoiro , M. S. Santivane
Published: 2019
Source: FAO - Land Tenure Journal

Land degradation neutrality (LDN) as a broad framework guiding research, policy and practice has gained considerable attention in recent years – particularly since the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) established LDN as its primary operating framework in 2015. As Target 15.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) intends to achieve LDN globally by 2030, significant research and policy work has been accomplished on a wide spectrum of important components of LDN. Nevertheless, how land tenure intersects with LDN has not yet been examined. This article introduces tenure rights as sets of tools that can be used to robustly support LDN. The authors describe specifically how land tenure can be introduced into the existing LDN framework, implementation model, and monitoring approach so that they can contribute to land degradation prevention and recovery.

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