On Monday morning, members of the media fraternity gathered in Medellín, Colombia for the official launch of the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration, moderated by Robert Spaull, IPBES Secretariat.
Anne Lariguaderie, Executive Secretary, IPBES, highlighted that the assessment authors had analyzed 3000 scientific publications, and that the report had been reviewed by 200 registered peer reviewers to enhance its quality. She noted that the assessment had further been discussed by governments to enhance its policy relevance.
Robert Watson, IPBES Chair, welcomed the assessment as the most comprehensive report on land degradation and restoration, underscoring its importance in addressing the implications of land degradation to the 3.2 billion people living on these lands. He highlighted the assessment’s links to conflict, human security, migration, food and water security, and noted it’s significance in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 15.3 on a zero-net land degradation neutral world.
Bob Scholes, Co-Chair, Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment, highlighted that a team of 150 scientific experts as well as indigenous and local knowledge holders had provided input into the assessment. He stressed that the three year assessment reflects the broad status of knowledge in the area of land degradation and restoration, and is complemented by the “co-generation” of knowledge with policy makers through IPBES-6.
Highlights of the Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment include the following:
- Land degradation undermines the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people worldwide.
- Land degradation is an underlying issue that can contribute to migration.
- Land restoration is a journey whose end-point may or may not be the original state of the land.
- It is important to be to be cognizant of the impacts of our consumer choices on land degradation.
- Ultimately, the cost of land restoration needs to be built into the "cost of doing business," and should be an ongoing consideration.
- The Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment is an effort towards achieving SDG Target 15.3 on a zero-net land degradation neutral world by 2030.
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Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment Co-Chair Bob Scholes, South Africa; IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie; and IPBES Chair Robert Watson
IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie
IPBES Chair Robert Watson
Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment Co-Chair Bob Scholes
Robert Spaull, IPBES Secretariat
Judy Fisher, IPBES Expert
Mariette Le Roux, Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Matthew Potts, IPBES Expert
Lisbeth Fog, Freelance Journalist
Participants during the press conference
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