Connecting Land Degradation Neutrality, Nature based Solutions, Landscape and Value Chain Development Approaches


Land Degradation is a global concern for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity and mitigating and adapting to climate change. Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) has been adopted by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at COP 12 in Ankara in October 2015, as a “strong vehicle for driving the implementation of the Convention’’. Land Degradation Neutrality is essentially an equation between three processes: degradation, restoration and sustainable land management. Different approaches have been formulated and implemented to restore and sustain land resources (i.e. soil, water and biodiversity), such as Sustainable Land Management, Landscape Restoration and/or rehabilitation, and Ecosystem-based Approaches and Area-based Conservation. Achieving LDN should build on the synergy with other conservation approaches and targets.

As UNCCD Parties continue to set and achieve their Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets, accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity, implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieve a nature-positive world by 2030, IUCN makes some recommendations to the parties.  The one in link with the NbS recommend to Adopt Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN: i) Endorse the NbS definition as agreed to by IUCN Members in 2016 and more recently, by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA5); ii) Adopt and implement NbS as the preferred option for national LDN target achievement; iii)Strengthen enabling policies to enhance public and private sectors investment in LDN and land restoration. iucn_position_unccd_cop15.pdf. IUCN’s definition of NbS as adopted by its Members in 2016 refers to: “actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges (e.g. climate change, food and water security or natural disasters) effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits”. WCC 2016 Res 069 | IUCN Library System

The project for “Creating Lands of Opportunity: Transforming Livelihoods through Landscape Restoration in the Sahel”, in short, Sahel Land of Opportunity project, funded by the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition (MiTE) through the UNCCD-GM and implemented by IUCN, is part of the responses that Burkina, Ghana and Niger are developing to LDN challenges and it seeks to test scalable, innovative approaches linking land restoration to sustainable rural livelihoods.

Making LDN work for nature and people especially young and women will be key in achieving the stated targets. Thus, sustainable Value chains development will provide incentives for smallholder farmers and private sector to engage in implementing LDN.

This seminar will discuss the landscape and value chain perspectives of the LDN in the sites of Sahel Opportunity project. It will share lessons learned on how to achieve the LDN targets using landscape and value chain development approaches. Organizing MPhil seminar is thought as a practical way of strengthening youth’ capacity on Land Degradation Neutrality, Nature based Solutions and Value Chain Development Approaches. The seminar provides an opportunity for teachers/experts and MPhil students to study and discuss the LDN, NbS and VCD approaches into the student’s research themes. Its aims at preparing the future generation of scientists and development practitioners with news concepts and approaches.

The seminar will be organized by IUCN and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) and the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment both of the University for Development Studies UDS). It is part of the LOGMe project’s component of cross-cutting activities aimed at capacity building, knowledge sharing and learning.


The objective is to create enabling environment for the contribution of the academics and research to the implementation of the countries’ commitment on land degradation neutrality through the motivation of the future generation to consider the issues of LDN, NbS and sustainable value chain development whenever possible during the field research.

Specific objectives are to i) strengthen the capacities of students and academics on the concepts of Land Degradation Neutrality and sustainable chain development; ii) familiarize students and academic more extensively with the nature-based solutions and related concepts and approaches; and iii) improve students research proposals.

Expected Outcomes

Participants have the necessary basic knowledge of the LDN, NbS and sustainable value chain development:

  • About 80 young students and 20 professionals master the process of taking account the LDN and NbS approaches into researches studies.
  • Participants master the tools and techniques of Nature based Solutions in the formulation of their research studies.

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Further information contact

Dr. Dzigbodi Adzo Doke

Dept. of Environment and Sustainability Sciences

Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment

WhatsApp: +233504170981

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