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 In an Editorial for the journal "Solutions"   UNCCD Executive Secretary speaks about "Finding solutions from Land for the Future"..
...Our future prosperity and well-being depend upon whether we are able to protect and restore our landscapes, and the solutions presented here aim to achieve exactly that. our landscapes, and the solutions presented here aim to achieve exactly that.

Two billion hectares of degraded land and terrestrial ecosystems are available to kick-start a real green economy with enormous impacts on employment, food security, social stability, and reducing poverty. We can support vulnerable communities to rehabilitate their land, help governments provide secure land tenure rights, create new jobs for migrants, and increase local opportunities for land-based investments.

Circumstances are forcing us to change our thinking about how we use land, but in managing it better, we will find solutions to the difficulties we face. An integrated land management approach is our best bet, and the ideas presented here will help play a role in securing a world with healthy, sustainable, and productive land for all. 

Barbut, M. (2016). Finding Solutions from Land for the Future. Solutions 7(5): 1. Read the whole article here
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Land Degradation Aggravating Migration, Warns UNCCD Chief (Interview by Ramesh Jaura with UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut)

"Migration associated with natural resource depletion and climate change is much wider in scale than previously appreciated," Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), has warned in an interview.

"Close to 100% of the irregular migrants crossing from the Mediterranean into Europe are from arid regions," she told IDN, adding: "Climate change will exacerbate land degradation in many regions, with both direct and indirect effects on rural household incomes, increased risks of crop losses and fluctuating commodity market prices. Under these conditions, we can expect an increase in the flow of migrants from drought-prone and degraded areas," she cautioned.
The way out of an "international crisis" that land degradation currently signifies is to provide support to the countries affected by desertification in order to help them create employment. This would enable the most vulnerable populations become part of the restoration of the abandoned and degraded lands in their local areas, stem migration and improve local resilience.

"The economic benefits alone – if we compare the international costs of restoring land against those of dealing with forced migration and refugees – should make action on land rehabilitation a key intervention," the UNCCD Executive Secretary said. The whole interview you can read here

"Wicked trade-offs between environmental SDGs and food security"  by Global Landscape Forum originally published by IIASA . 

 A new analysis examines the interconnections between the Sustainable Development Goals, identifying policy pathways that lead to trade-offs, and others that could bring benefits on multiple fronts.As world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, one year after the formal adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new study published in Science Advances, the online journal of Science magazine, finds that policies focused solely on the environment tend to increase food prices. Read "Wicked trade-offs between environmental SDGs and food security". here.  For the full text study follow the right side column.
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From "Finding Solutions from Land for the Future" 

..Efforts to create productive, resilient landscapes are important to growth and prosperity, and we must further maintain and increase the amount of healthy land to achieve land degradation neutrality (SDG target 15.3).

It is the simplest and most cost-effective response to our most pressing global challenges, a recipe for sustainable and equitable growth, and in fact, healthy land ecosystems will contribute to many other development goals.

Read the Editorial and browse other related issues in "Solutions" journal here
NEW FAO paper"Migration and protracted crisis

• In situations of protracted crises, migration is rarely an informed choice but is a necessity to escape conflict or extreme poverty and livelihood deterioration.
• Migration or displacement in protracted crises is caused by three key factors: (i) conflict; (ii) poor governance;  (iii) environmental factors and natural resource constraints.
• Protracted crises cause vulnerable people to lose access to the range of resources necessary for food and agriculture
production, which forces people to relocate.

Read the FAO paper"Migration and protracted crisis. Addressing the root causes and building resilient agricultural livelihoods." here

Assessing the land resource-food price nexus of the Sustainable Development Goals. 
The study emphasizes the need for timely action, showing that delayed action on climate and land use could lead to even greater food price increases.

The study focused on goals that address the land nexus—those related to resource cycling, land use change, and agriculture—and used the IIASA Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) to analyze the web of interactions among environmental conservation, agricultural production, and food prices under a variety of demographic and economic futures.

However, the study goes on to identify sustainable consumption and production practices as key to achieving both environmental and food security targets simultaneously...

The full study you can find here

Food security, nutrition and peace. Proceedings UN Security Council Meeting(March 2016)
Food security and nutrition and food-security related interventions can contribute to conflict prevention and conflict mitigation by building and enhancing social cohesion, addressing root causes or drivers of conflict, and by contributing to the legitimacy of, and trust in governments. Food security can support peace-building efforts and peace-building can reinforce food security. Efforts to revive the agricultural sector and trade, and improve food security, have had positive effects on the sustainability of peace. The creation of rural jobs, particularly for youth, and the enhancement of livelihoods in the agricultural sector help reduce the risk of, and relapse into violence. More here

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