GLO Special Topics
Each edition of the Global Land Outlook (GLO) will address special topics of concern at global and national scales. For the 1st edition of the GLO, special topics will include:
Given the global scope of land degradation, considering both its causes and impacts, there is an environmental and a socio-economic imperative to address it as an underlying threat to peace and security, from the scale of local communities to that of entire continents.
In advance of the 1st edition of the Global Land Outlook and the UNFCCC COP21, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) issued a Brief on the critical linkages between land and climate action.
At the moment we face an urgent challenge; the global community is falling well short of the 2 degree target set out in Cancun. Remarkably, the land use sector represents almost 25% of total global emissions. These emissions can be reduced and there is also great potential for carbon sequestration through the scaling up of proven land management and restoration practices.
By implementing these cost-effective practices, including ecosystem restoration, the climate mitigation potential of agriculture, forests and peatlands is quite high. The Brief argues that, for too long, the potential of the land use sector has been overlooked as an important part of the climate solution, for both mitigation and adaptation.
Read the entire Brief in English and French
The United Nations Environment Programme defines a “green job” as work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality.