RESTORING LIFE TO THE LAND - The Role of Sustainable Land Management in Ecosystem Restoration

The publication "Restoring Life to the Land – The Role of Sustainable Land Management in Ecosystem Restoration" was jointly prepared by the UNCCD Secretariat and WOCAT in the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It highlights how Sustainable Land Management (SLM) experience feeds directly into ecosystem restoration efforts, as well as ecosystem maintenance and showcases field-tested good practices under each of the eight ecosystems from all over the world.

SLM has a central role in all the eight United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration ecosystems, through combating land degradation while generating multiple co-benefits including climate change mitigation, resilience, improved biodiversity and enhanced production. In terms of land degradation neutrality – a central component of ecosystem restoration – SLM works to avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation.

Lead Authors: William Critchley, Nicole Harari and Rima Mekdaschi-Studer


UNCCD - WOCAT video series on ecosystem restoration

As UNCCD COP 15 approaches and with the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration (UNDER) gaining momentum, UNCCD and WOCAT jointly produced a video series highlighting the crucial role of sustainable land management (SLM) in restoring and maintaining ecosystem health. The series comprises 8 videos, each representing an ecosystem: Farmlands, Grasslands, Forests, Mountains, Freshwaters, Urban Areas, Peatlands, and Oceans and Coasts.