Assessment Report on Land Degradation and Restoration
The assessment of land degradation and restoration covers 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 aims to enhance the knowledge base for policies for addressing land degradation, desertification and the restoration of degraded land.
In January 2015, at IPBES 3, the Plenary approved the launch of the land degradation and restoration assessment together with an agreed scope.
The Plenary approved the Summary for Policymakers and accepted the chapters of the Assessment at its 6th session in March 2018 in Medellin, Colombia (IPBES 6). IPBES would like to acknowledge and thank all of the experts who contributed to the Assessment.
The IPBES Assessment Report on Land Degradation and Restoration is composed of:
- A Summary for Policymakers (SPM); and
- A set of 8 chapters.
Please see below to access the Assessment Report and related documents.
Editors: Luca Montanarella, Robert Scholes, Anastasia Brainich
Members of the management committee who provided guidance for the production of this assessment: Günay Erpul, Yi Huang, Marie Roué, Leng Guan Saw (Multidisciplinary Expert Panel), Rashad Zabid Oglu Allahverdiyev, Ivar Andreas Baste, Fundisile Goodman Mketeni (Bureau).
Suggested citation: IPBES (2018): The IPBES assessment report on land degradation and restoration. Montanarella, L., Scholes, R., and Brainich, A. (eds.). Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bonn, Germany. 744 pages.https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3237392