Land degradation and desertification threaten fertile land throughout the world. The consequences are alarming: smaller harvests, reduced availability of clean water, increased vulnerability of the affected areas to climate change and, not least, food insecurity and poverty. It is estimated that 1.5 billion people in all parts of the world are already directly affected. In view of the world’s growing population, food security is one of the most pressing challenges of our time.
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ELD Initiative Core Group interim meeting participants. L – R: Mark Schauer (ELD-S), Christine Seeberg-Elverfeldt (BMZ), Louise Baker (UNCCD), Patrick Wegerdt (EC), Aleksandra Kordecka (EC), Sarah Maryanne Odera (ELD-S), Anneke Trux (GIZ), Lucie Andeltova (ELD-S) and Stefan Schmitz (BMZ).
Presenting at ELD Initiative session at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference. L-R: Richard Thomas (UNU-INWEH), Mark Schauer (ELD-S), Makiko Yashiro (UNEP), Ephraim Nkonya (IFPRI), Simone Quatrini (GM), Maryanne Sarah Odera (ELD-S), Stacey Noel (SEI) and Emmanuelle Quillerou (ELD-S).
Visiting the ELD Initiative stand Vice Minister Gabriel Quijandría Acosta, Ministry of Environment - Peru (viceministro de Desarrollo Estratégico de los Recursos Naturales, del MINAM) , Mark Schauer (ELD-S) and Maike-Christine Potthast (GIZ).
Second ELD Scientific meeting, October 2012 in Brussels - Belgium. L – R: Richard Thomas (UNU) and Mark Schauer (ELD Secretariat) having a consultation.
World Day to Combat Desertification, June 2012. ELD initiative co-organize side event to steer discussions on the economics of land degradation. L – R: Luca Montanarella (European Commission), Blessing Manale (South Africa), Sergio Zelaya (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw (UNEP) and Kook-Hyun Moon (Sustainable Land Management Business Forum).
Rio+20 conference, June 2012. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Jochen Flasbarth (UBA) at the ELD side event: "Natural capital – the foundation for economic well-being".
ELD panelists at the Land Day 6 event in the margins of the CBD CoP 11, Hyderabad - India. L – R: John Kharika (South Africa), Simone Quatrini (Global Mechanism), Mark Schauer (ELD Secretariat) and Hon. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa.
Prof. Joachim von Braun (ZEF) presenting the ELD session at the Global Soil week, November 2012.
Cooking it Green! Global Soil Week Chair Professor Klaus Töpfer and celebrity chef Sarah Wiener prepare a “soil-friendly” vegetarian dinner. "Cook it Green" was the motto of the Global Soil Week evening reception.