WOCAT defines SLM as the use of land resources, including soils, water, animals and plants, for the production of goods to meet changing human needs, while simultaneously ensuring the long-term productive potential of these resources and the maintenance of their environmental functions.
The main objective of SLM is to promote
human coexistence with nature with a long-term perspective so that the
provisioning, regulating, cultural, and supporting services of ecosystems
are ensured. SLM is an essential prerequisite to sustainable
development; progress should be made simultaneously at all levels.
SLM provides flexible, adaptable solutions in a world of fast-changing
natural conditions (e.g. climate change and variability, extreme weather
events), social conditions (e.g. migration, feminization of agriculture), and
economic conditions (e.g. changing markets).Global and local development challenges demand that land users innovate
and find ways of managing their land sustainably, staying resilient in the face
of change and maintaining or improving their livelihoods and living conditions.
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