New GEO Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative – Germany pledges an initial €100,000

Today, the Group on Earth Observations Week 2018 (GEO 2018) will conclude in Kyoto, Japan.

This gathering of GEO’s 105 member governments and 127 participating organizations explored efforts and opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of humankind, focusing on GEO’s three priority areas: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This year, the new Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative (GEO LDN Initiative) was launched during the GEO 2018. It will bring together Earth observation data providers and governments to develop quality standards, analytical tools and capacity building needed to strengthen land degradation monitoring and reporting, using remote sensing and data collected on site. At the touch of a button, governments will have the necessary data to prioritize interventions and monitor outcomes to manage land better.

The GEO LDN Initiative responds to a call made by the UNCCD’s Conference of the Parties (COP13) to bring data providers and data users together and support global efforts to avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation globally. 

Welcoming the Initiative, UNCCD Executive Secretary Ms. Monique Barbut said: “Land degradation is an existential crisis. Until now, monitoring it in real time felt like an insurmountable challenge. No longer. With Earth observation datasets and the practical tools to use them readily available, decision-makers and land users will have immediate and actionable information to scale up sustainable land management and planning. It is a first step to boosting our resilience.”

Following the announcement, Germany pledged an initial contribution of EUR 100,000 (USD 113,000) for the GEO LDN Initiative.

Read the full press release on UNCCD's website here:

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