National Report on Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme: Lao PDR | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
Octubre 2020
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In September 2015, the global community agreed on “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 targets. Goal 15 urges countries to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”. More specifically, target 15.3 aims to “combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world” by 2030.  In October 2015, the twelfth session of the Conference of Parties (COP 12) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) agreed to integrate the SDGs and related targets into the implementation of the Convention. UNCCD has therefore introduced the concept of „Land Degradation Neutrality‟ (LDN). It is „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. It is a unique approach that counterbalances the expected loss of productive land with the recovery of degraded areas. It suggests measures to conserve sustainably manage and restore land in the context of land use planning. In order to enable the UNCCD to “make a significant contribution to achieving LDN”, the COP decided to invite Parties to formulate baseline and voluntary targets to achieve LDN within their NAP (National Action Plan) and include voluntary national LDN targets in their national reports, as appropriate.  This report presents a summary of important activities carried out within the framework of the target setting program for Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Program (LDN TSP) in Lao PDR and presents the significant outcome, goal of national efforts such as: plans to elevate the trends and drivers of land degradation and voluntary LDN targets of the nation. 

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