United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Established in 1994, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management in the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands.

SER has been invited to collaborate with the UNCCD on the formulation of their Zero Net Land Degradation (ZNLD) target and related issues. Zero-net land degradation is attained by offsetting the amount of land being degraded each year by reclaiming and restoring an equivalent area of already degraded land. Because completely halting degradation by 2020 or even by 2050 is not realistic, setting a goal of zero net degradation is seen as an attainable target that can help maintain the currently prevailing global land productivity while moving us closer to reducing degradation more substantially.

Memorandum of Understanding between SER and UNCCD

Link coming soon

Drylands Restoration Initiative (DRI)

Established in 2012 as a global initiative within SER, DRI promotes and supports the science and practice of ecological restoration in dryland ecosystems as part of the global campaign to combat land degradation and desertification and thereby improve human well-being. DRI will develop and promulgate globally significant and locally relevant guidelines, tools, and technologies for the restoration and rehabilitation of degraded arid and semi-arid lands. It is envisioned that DRI will:

  • Galvanize and disseminate scientific and knowledge-based approaches to the effective ecological restoration and rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems in drylands that are applicable and appropriate to local and highly variable climatic, socio-economic and biophysical conditions.
  • Coordinate resources, programs and personnel to provide a global knowledge portal and capacity-building network for restoration planning, research and application that spans private, NGO and government sectors.
  • Work directly with communities, landowners, industry leaders, and government agencies responsible for the stewardship and sustainable use of arid and semiarid lands, in order to facilitate implementation of best practices in the repair of damaged lands and the ecological and economic reintegration of protected and working landscapes.