The Global Land Outlook (GLO)
The 1st edition of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) Global Land Outlook (GLO) will be published in 2017 in both print and digital formats. The GLO is expected to be the new flagship publication of the UNCCD, akin to the CBD’s Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) and the UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO).
The GLO will be a strategic communications platform and publication that demonstrates the central importance of land quality to human well-being, assesses current trends in land conversion, degradation and loss, identifies the driving factors and analyzes the impacts, provides scenarios for future challenges and opportunities, and presents a new and transformative vision for land management policy, planning and practice at global and national scales.
Bringing together a diverse group of international experts and partners, the GLO will address the future challenges for the management and restoration of land resources in the context of sustainable development, including:
· food, water and energy security;
· climate change and biodiversity conservation;
· urban, peri-urban and infrastructure development;
· land tenure, governance and gender; and
· migration, conflict and human security.
An integral part of the GLO’s digital platform will be the direct linkage with, and support from, the UNCCD’s Scientific Knowledge Brokering Portal (SKBP) which allows users to perform advanced searches within the relevant knowledge bases of our partners. Other unique features of the 1st edition of the GLO are the:
Working Papers Series - a supplementary set of publications to provide contributors with an expanded format for disseminating their analyses;
Scaling Up Best Practices - a new vision for replicating and expanding sustainable land management practices to achieve multiple development objectives; and
Land Management Index - a mechanism by which to explore the utility of using existing indicators to advocate for better land management policy, planning and practice.
Why a Global Land Outlook?
The loss in both the quality and quantity of healthy and productive land resources is an immediate global concern, especially in developing countries and those with a high proportion of fragile and vulnerable drylands. As a symbol and global champion of such concerns, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) recognizes that halting and reversing land degradation is one of the key sustainable development priorities for most of the 168 affected country Parties.
In response to this global challenge, the UNCCD secretariat and its partners identified the need to create a strategic communications publication and platform, entitled the Global Land Outlook, in order to facilitate insightful debate and discourse on a new and transformative vision for land management policies, planning and practices at global and national scales.
The 1st edition of the Global Land Outlook (GLO), to be published in 2017 in both print and digital formats, is being generously supported by the European Commission, the Governments of Korea, Italy and Switzerland, and the United Nations Development Program. A GLO Steering Committee, composed primarily of representatives from the partner organizations listed below, was established in July 2015 to guide the development of the 1st edition.
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Economics of Land Degradation (ELD)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
International Land Coalition (ILC)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
London School of Economics (LSE)
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
Results for Development (R4D)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Wetlands International (WI)
World Resources Institute (WRI)
The GLO Team
The production of the GLO is being coordinated by Ian Johnson (former VP at the World Bank and Secretary General of the Club of Rome) and supported by the UNCCD secretariat. The GLO Team welcomes the participation of individuals and organizations on a continual basis. For more information, contact Sasha Alexander.