GLSC to submit high-level note to UNCCD for achieving LDN by 2030

DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The submission of a high-level note to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) by the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission has been approved by the Cabinet.

Minister of State Joseph Harmon

This is according to State Minister, Joseph Harmon, who made the announcement during last week’s post-cabinet press conference. The note outlines measures that will be taken to achieve the National Land Degradation Neutrality Target in Guyana by the year 2030.

The measures were compiled in a national land-degradation-neutrality target setting programme and will report for 2017-2030.

Minister Harmon said they were compiled after wide consultations with the relevant stakeholders through meetings, workshops, and interviews.

Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) has been defined by the Parties to the Convention as, “A state whereby the amount and quality of land resources, necessary to support ecosystem functions and services and enhance food security, remains stable or increases within specified temporal and spatial scales and ecosystems.”

This global programme is implemented in cooperation with numerous partners, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) among others.

The Secretariat and the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD are supporting interested countries in the national land degradation neutrality (LDN) target setting process, including the definition of national baselines, targets and associated measures to achieve LDN by 2030 through the LDN Target Setting Programme (TSP).

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 sets the target that “by 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought, and floods, and strive to achieve a land-degradation-neutral world”.

Thus far, some 114 countries have committed to set LDN targets.

 

By: Stacy Carmichael

 

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