San Francisco - 12 September 2018:  A book highlighting how communities and countries are practically putting life back into the 2 billion hectares of land we have degraded was launched today to mark the Forest, Food and Land Challenge Coalition event taking place at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAC) today, 12 September 2018, in San Francisco, California.

Volume 4 in a series titled “A Better World”, the book sub-titled “Life on Land” is published for the United Nations by UK publisher, Tudor Rose. “Life on Land” is about Sustainable Development Goal 15, and target 15.3 more specifically, which is about achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) globally by 2030. Land degradation neutrality is the technical term referring to intentional actions to avoid, reduce and reverse degradation of the land.

The book features contributions by UNCCD staff on the importance of Goal 15 and the current status of achieving LDN and covers a range of sustainable development initiatives from climate science and land management to intercultural dialogue and humanitarian assistance.

By focusing on the experiences and livelihoods of people, especially those in vulnerable human habitats,
the book shows the benefits of best policy and practices, and how these may develop further as we come to
terms with a changing and more turbulent world. This innovative endeavour is a striking example of sharing
respective resources to engage the many official governmental, international organisations, institutional and
professional interests in displaying the extent and variety of their efforts to make the world a better place.

Compiled by Sean Nicklin and Ben Cornwell, Edited and designed by Leigh Trowbridg

The GCAS Forest, Food and Land Challenge Coalition showcases the essential role of land and food systems in addressing climate change. The coalition brings together farmers, ranchers, foresters, indigenous peoples, business leaders, elected officials, investors, artists and citizens who by working together can deliver up to 30 per cent of the climate solutions needed by 2030.

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