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This library contains the most important publications produced by the UN CC:Learn partners on the subject of climate change. It contains over 2100 different documents. Use the search function to the right to look for specific key words, or add filters by organization, theme, or even type of publication.

 

  • Global Land Outlook

    This analytical document presents a vision for transforming the way in which we use and manage land. It underscores how land is key to human security and future wellbeing, the thread that holds together the fabric of society. It considers challenges we collectively face: from the pressures of population growth, climate change, urbanization, migration, and conflict to food, energy, and water insecurity. In all its dimensions, human security is increasingly fragile and in many parts of the world, land degradation and climate change are now recognized as contributing factors to a sense of growing instability.

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    Organization(s): UNCCD, UNDP, CBD, FAO, IOM, UNEP, WB

    Partner(s): European Commission, The Changwon Initiative, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Government of the Netherlands

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Ecosystems, Land Use Management

  • Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality

    This technical document provides a scientifically-sound basis for understanding and implementing Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), and to inform the development of practical guidance for pursuing LDN and monitoring achievement of LDN target. The LDN conceptual framework focuses on the goal of LDN and the supporting processes required to deliver this goal, including biophysical and socio-economic aspects, and their interactions. 

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    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Partner(s): Science-Policy Interface

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Ecosystems, Science, Land Use Management

  • Sustainable Land Management Contribution to Successful Land-Based Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

     This report categorises and assesses a diverse array of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices and identifies their potential to create synergies between combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), and achieving climate change mitigation and adaptation goals. It outlines potential solutions for combating desertification and land degradation. The design and benefits of SLM practices primarily depend on the highly variable local environmental, socioeconomic and cultural conditions.

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    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Partner(s): Science-Policy Interface

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Ecosystems, Economic and Development Planning, Land Use Management

  • Sustainable Land Management for Climate and People

    This guidance document provides scientifically-sound guidance for decisionmakers to help develop Sustainable Land Management (SLM)  strategies and related policies that promote synergies and address trade-offs between multiple objectives related to Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), climate change mitigation and adaptation, and for creating an enabling environment to overcome possible barriers for selection and large-scale implementation of effective SLM practices considering local realities.

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    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Policy Instruments, Science, Land Use Management

  • A Natural Fix: A Joined-Up Approach to Delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

    This guidance document focuses on the need of access to healthy and productive land in order to achieve goal 15 “Life on Land”. Around 12 million hectares are lost each year to degradation processes. Achieving the overarching goals for sustainable development is unrealistic if we the ground for this generation and for generations to come is not secure.

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    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2016

    Language(s): English, Russian

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Ecosystems, Land Use Management

  • Land in Balance: The Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality

    This technical document provides an overview of the scientific conceptual framework for land degradation neutrality (LDN). The conceptual framework creates a common understanding of the LDN objective and consistency in approaches to achieving LDN.

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    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2016

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Policy Instruments, Land Use Management

  • The Ripple Effect: A Fresh Approach to Reducing Drought Impacts and Building Resilience

    This guidance document highlights the impact of current droughts as well as presenting projections for the future. It suggests that overcoming the prevailing paradigm of ‘reactive’ and ‘crisis-based’ approaches to drought and moving towards ‘proactive’ and ‘risk-based’ approaches will be indispensable to reducing the risks and mitigating the impacts of droughts, floods and other extreme weather events. 

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    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2016

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Water

  • Turning the Tide: The Gender Factor in Achieving the Land Degradation Neutrality

    This analytical document focues on the number of people negatively affected by land degradation is growing rapidly. Poor rural women in developing countries are critical to the survival of their families. But Crop failures, water scarcity and the migration of traditional crops are damaging rural livelihoods. Action to halt the loss of more fertile land must focus on households. At this level, land use is based on the roles assigned to men and women. 

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    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Partner(s): Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2016

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Gender, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management

  • Pivotal Soil Carbon

    This technical document focuses on the link between environmental change and carbon. When contained in greenhouse gases, carbon is a part of the problem. But in its organic form in the soil, carbon represents a major part of the solution. Increasing soil carbon builds a reservoir and helps to offset greenhouse gas emissions. It also contributes to the fertility of the soil, the foundation for all land-based  natural and agricultural ecosystems.

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    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2015

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management

  • Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water

    This polocy document is the product of the joint efforts of members and partners of UN-Water, and is addressed to practitioners and policymakers of water resources management, sectoral decision-makers as well as those who shape policy regarding climate change. The paper aims to draw attention to the critical importance of better water resources management in adapting to climate change and gives reasons why it should be systematically integrated into national plans and international investment portfolios.

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    Organization(s): UN-Water, FAO, IFAD, ILO, UNDP, UNECA, UNECE, UNEP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNESCWA, UNFCCC, UNHABITAT, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNISDR, UNWTO, WB, WHO, WMO

    Partner(s): CBD, IAEA, UNCCD, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNECLAC, UNHCR, UNU, United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, Gender and Water Alliance, Global Water Partnership, International Association of Hydrogeologists, International Association of Hydrological Sciences, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, International Hydropower Association, International Water Association, International Water Management Institute, Public Services International, RAMSAR – Convention on Wetlands, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, Stockholm International Water Institute, The World Conservation Union, Aquafed, WaterAid, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Women for Water Partnership, World Business Council on Sustainable Development, World Water Council, World Wide Fund for Nature

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, COP23 List of UN Publications, Policy Instruments, Governance – General, International Law and Policy, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Ecosystems, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Finance, Health, Land Use Management, Water