First edition of the Global Land Outlook launched: better land use critical for 2030 Agenda
“Consumption of the earth's natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years, with a third of the planet's land now severely degraded. Each year, we lose 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil”, according to the new publication, The Global Land Outlook (GLO), launched three days ago, at the 13th meeting of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Ordos, China. It outlines how reversing trends in the condition of land resources could accelerate efforts to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals, by adopting more efficient planning and sustainable practices.
Speaking at the launch, UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut said, “land degradation and drought are global challenges and intimately linked to most, if not all aspects of human security and well-being – food security, employment and migration, in particular.”