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Land Degradation & Tenure

One third of the world’s soils - including farmland, forests, rangelands, and urban land - are already degraded and it is estimated that this number could rise to almost 90% by 2050. Land Degradation occurs naturally, but research shows that land degradation is increasingly caused directly or indirectly by unsustainable human activities, notably deforestation, overgrazing, mining or intensive agriculture. This has driven biodiversity loss, desertification, and led to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions. 

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The Land Portal, FAO and UNCCD launch podcast and portfolio on the relationship between land tenure and land degradation

17 June 2022

June 17th 2022-  Today marks #DesertificationAndDroughtDay and to highlight the occasion, the Land Portal, FAO and the UNCCD have come together to launch two new products; a portfolio and podcast, delving into the important relationship between land tenure and Land Degradation Neutrality.  …


Where do we land up on land tenure and land degradation?

14 June 2022

This episode of LandUP! addresses an emerging  body of work on the nexus between land tenure and land degradation neutrality.  Land degradation neutrality has been defined by the Parties to the Convention as a state whereby the amount and quality of land resources, necessary to support ecosystem…

Sumatra palm plantations the usual suspects as unusual burning razes peatlands

2 June 2022

Fires have swept through large swaths of peatland forest in the western part of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island since the start of the year, an area that usually sees much smaller, controlled fires. Environmental activists say they suspect the fires might be linked to palm oil companies with plantations…


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No Climate Transition Without Securing Land Rights

No Climate Transition Without Securing Land Rights

2 June 2022

The 15th session of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is taking place in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire, from 9 to 20 May 2022. The theme: “Land, Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.” “We are faced with a crucial choice,” Deputy…

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Land Rights, Biodiversity and Global Health: How Can Indigenous People Help Prevent Future Pandemics?

20 May 2021

The Ford Foundation, the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility and the Thomson Reuters Foundation launched a webinar on May 20th on the the link between “environmental imbalances” and “emerging infectious diseases".  This is well established in literature; studies have shown that activities…