Building on strong partnerships

The Economics of Land Degradation initiative was launched in October 2011 with the signature of a joint memorandum of understanding between Germany, the European Commission and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). ELD offers a strong platform for raising public awareness of land degradation and advocating sustainable land-use strategies. The ELD Secretariat, which is hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), is responsible for coordinating the work of the ELD initiative, serves as the contact point for partners and provides scientific, political, and financial coordination and outreach activities.
ELD has initiated fundamental research with wide support from a broad group of scientists and research institutions, from political partners, and from the business community (see ELD website). However, the initiative is still evolving and expanding and is open to new cooperation partners.

First achievements and the way forward

ELD conducts independent research work as well as collecting and reviewing existing case studies.