Assessment Report on Land Degradation and Restoration

Author: 
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Publisher: 
IPBES
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Year of Publication: 
2018

 

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The Assessment Report on Land Degradation and Restoration by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) provides a critical analysis of the state of knowledge regarding the importance, drivers, status, and trends of terrestrial ecosystems. The Report recognizes that combatting land degradation, which is a pervasive, systemic phenomenon occurring in all parts of the world, is an urgent priority in order to protect the biodiversity and ecosystem services that are vital to all life on Earth and to ensure human well-being. The Report identifies a mix of governance options, policies and management practices that can help support stakeholders working at all levels to reduce the negative environmental, social and economic consequences of land degradation and to rehabilitate and restore degraded land. The Report encompasses all the terrestrial regions and biomes of the world, recognizing that land degradation drivers and processes can vary in severity within regions and countries as much as between them, and includes the full range of human-altered systems, including but not limited to drylands, agricultural and agroforestry systems, savannahs and forests and aquatic systems associated with these areas

This report projects that “By 2050, 50 to 700 million people are projected to have migrated as a result of the combination of climate change and land degradation.” (IPBES, 2018).