International agreements

Authors: Ruta Landgrebe, Sandra Naumann

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This section of LEDDRIS provides a review and analysis of the three Rio Conventions and of the FAO Guidelines. The three conventions include:

  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

All three international agreements relate directly or indirectly to land degradation and desertification generally as well as to LEDD in cropland more specifically. The UNCCD is selected because of its direct objective to prevent and reduce land degradation and to rehabilitate partially degraded and reclaim decertified land. The UNFCCC and the CBD, on the other hand, are considered because of their role in addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, and thus indirectly also LEDD processes. The FAO is selected as a strong stakeholder at the international and national levels: it facilitates dialogue and sets global or regional goals, calling for actions, mobilizing political will and facilitating consensus among governments and stakeholders. Land resources, management, planning and use are its main areas of work. The three international agreements and the FAO Guidelines are considered as pertinent to LEDD issues in cropland.

These international agreements influence the respective policies at all lower levels, namely, the European (EU), national and regional levels.

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