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Land Degradation

Controlling land degradation is central to achieving food security, sustainable agricultural and rural development in many countries. Consequently, governments and development assistance agencies are actively engaged in designing and implementing land degradation control projects, programs, planning and legal frameworks. To assist countries in their fight against land degradation, a landmark Convention to Combat Desertification was adopted in June 1994.

As a financing mechanism, the GEF has a mandate to address land degradation, specifically desertification and deforestation.  In 2003, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was established to mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.




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