Deliverable 3(b)(i): Thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration

The assessment of land degradation and restoration is to cover the global status of and trends in land degradation, by region and land cover type; the effect of degradation on biodiversity values, ecosystem services and human well-being; and the state of knowledge, by region and land cover type, of ecosystem restoration extent and options. The assessment would enhance the knowledge base for policies for addressing land degradation, desertification and the restoration of degraded land.

A workshop was held to develop the scope of the land degradation and restoration assessment in September 2015, in Beijing, China. Experts of this scoping workshop further developed the scope of the land degradation and restoration assessments. In January 2015 the third session of the Plenary approved the launch of the land degradation and restoration assessment together with an agreed scope.