European Commission, Environment Directorate-General
Food and Agriculture Organization, Land and Water Division
Secretariat to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Land and soils deliver key ecosystem services and are pillars of the green economy. They support human well-being and provide sustenance for all including the poor, and are a source of decent new jobs and economic progress. Their degradation is a serious global issue because of its adverse impact on food security, climate change, and ecosystem resilience.
Current land and soil degradation rates are unsustainable, thus business-as-usual is not an option. The side event will discuss what kind of goals and targets on land and soil should be decided upon in Rio+20 and what role FAO's Global Soil Partnership and other relevant initiatives could play in supporting their implementation. Senior speakers from diverse regions of the world will indicate which direction the planet should take to ensure that land and soil develop their full potential, thus contributing to the Rio+20 outcome in an informal setting.