Ecosystem Management

Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Project

Target 15.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) worldwide by 2030. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) adopted LDN as the principle target of the Convention at COP12, in October 2015. This project supports 75 countries to establish national voluntary targets for LDN as a mean to sustainably increase food security, reduce biodiversity losses, and contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Countries participating in LDN Target Setting Project Countries participating in LDN Target Setting Project Photo: IUCN The Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Project ensures strong Government leadership as well as active involvement of other stakeholders and sectors. The project is structured around 3 components:

Component 1: National LDN baseline – National LDN baselines defined and validated by 116 countries

Component 2: National LDN measures and target setting - National LDN measures and targets defined by 75 countries

Component 3: LDN target setting knowledge management – Country parties and international organizations and stakeholders engage in the LDN target setting process in a synergistic and coherent manner


Donor(s): Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Location: Global (LDN target setting is currently being implemented in 75 countries, representing a diversity of socio-economic and ecological contexts).

SDG Targets: 15, 13, 2

Aichi Targets: 14, 15

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