Addressing land degradation and desertification

  • 23rd November 2017
  • by secretary
23 November 2017. DevCo Infopoint. The EU and its Member States attended the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Ordos, China (UNCCD CoP13), September 6th-16th. The COP adopted a strategic framework for 2018-2030 to guide global efforts to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral world (in line with SDG target 15.3) and committed parties to address the role of land degradation as a cause of migration. Moreover,

Parties agreed to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in actions to promote sustainable land management (SLM) that helps increase resilience, generates growth and investments, and contributes to peace and stability.

Land policies go beyond the environmental fora and influence larger socio-economic sectors. Sustainable agriculture and energy, livelihoods and peace benefit from investments in SLM, and could therefore be used as an entry point, leverage and for raising momentum on land action.

Introduction: Bernard Crabbé, Team Leader Environment and Mainstreaming, DEVCO C2 – Environment, Natural Resources, Water


  • Helge Zeitler, Deputy Head of Unit Bilateral and Regional Environmental Cooperation, DG ENV F2- 2. Bilateral and Regional Environmental Cooperation
  • Louise Baker, Unit coordinator, External Relations, Policy and Advocacy, UNCCD Secretariat
  • Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre

Please find also the link to the video of the conference: