Intact dryland landscapes provide freshwater, food, fuel, and fiber, air and water purification, climate regulation, and habitats for wildlife. Governance challenges and inadequate land use practices, however, pose grave threats to these ecosystem services and is putting the health, livelihoods, and security of an estimated 1.5 billion people at risk. The international community is working to halt and reverse this through a commitment to land degradation neutrality (LDN). Yet due to the high levels of poverty in countries with a high percentage share of arid, semi-arid, and sub-humid drylands, there is a crucial need to integrate LDN priorities with food and water security, poverty reduction, income generation, and livelihood security. This round table will discuss potential opportunities for helping dryland countries advance LDN.
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