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Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals for Soils

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals for Soils

The project Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals for Soils aims to examine how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Target on 'Land Degradation Neutrality' could be implemented in Germany and at the global level. Ecologic Institute is developing indicators and policy recommendations to implement the SDG target "Land Degradation Neutrality."

According to the FAO data, land degradation affects over 20% of the world population. Land and soil protection are of central importance for food security, as well as the delivery of multiple other eco-system services. Thus, the reversal of land degradation and protection of soil functions and ecosys-tem services are also key to achieving sustainable development goals. The project reviews the existing initiatives to implement the land-related SDGs, including the status of soil degradation, the relevance of soil threats and indicators for monitoring of soil status. In addition, for Germany, available and potential new instruments for the implementation of land-focused SDGs will be examined and policy recommendation for implementing SDGs will be developed. Beyond literature sources, the project will draw on a large number of expert interviews and three expert workshops.