Sustainable Forest Management Impact Program on Dryland Sustainable Landscapes


The GEF-7 Drylands Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program (DSL-IP) is a five-year journey that offers a catalytic, country-driven and innovative outlook on how to avoid, reduce and reverse degradation and deforestation of land and ecosystems in drylands. The DSL-IP seeks to achieve transformational, durable and replicable change at scale in 11 countries across three dryland eco-regions. 

Why do we need immediate actions in drylands?

Climate change, food insecurity, and biodiversity loss are becoming increasingly important drivers of land degradation. The process of land degradation is particularly acute in the drylands, which are home to more than 2 billion people and contain 44 percent of the world's agriculturally productive land. Accounting for more than 40 percent of the global terrestrial area, dryland landscapes are important to the functioning of many ecosystem services. 

What is the added value of the DSL-IP?

a) highlight the importance of transboundary commitment towards dryland restoration, landscape management at scale, and biodiversity conservation ; b) scale out evidence of good practices through effective knowledge exchange mechanisms and adaptive learning; c) implement harmonized systems for mapping and monitoring landscapes to generate synergies ; while also limiting the risk of duplication or conflicts between projects; and d) support countries in achieving their Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets.

Who is involved?

The DSL-IP is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and led by FAO in close partnership with the GEF implementing agencies the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other core partners including the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and core knowledge hubs. The program will assist 11 countries located across Africa and Asia.

The Child Projects are clustered under three Regional Exchange Mechanisms which play a central role in bridging the local and national to the regional and international spheres of the Impact Program. Knowledge thus flows continuously up, out and deep, while also facilitating learning across multiple levels and assessing opportunities for cross-pollination, regional networks that may be leveraged.  See how the DSL-IP accelerates and increases magnitude, durability and scope of impact of GEF-7 investments in the targeted landscapes around the world. 
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