The Value of Land

Prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit | 2015

Overall the ELD Initiative provides a holistic perspective on solutions to sustainable land management through economically viable and optimal scenarios. In doing so, it is drawing from other disciplinary perspectives and practitioners’ knowledge to ensure successful adoption, while creating and maintaining a nexus of knowledge available to anyone. This report, as well as the parallel ELD Initiative reports to the private sector and policy-/decision-makers (also being released in late 2015), serves as a foundation for a collective path forward to increase investments in improved land management and land degradation neutrality, through economic insights and realities, grounded  in a comprehensive compendium of knowledge on the topic. Based on this broader understanding of movements toward corrective actions on a variety of land issues, this report forms the core of the ELD Initiative’s knowledge outputs as it pertains to the economics of land degradation and sustainable land management. This report is structured to provide an overview of the economics of land degradation and the benefits of sustainable land management.

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