Land Degradation Neutrality in Georgia
Michael Huber, Hanns Kirchmeir, Alexandra Joseph
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
The globally ongoing degradation of land resources is threatening our food security and the functioning of ecosystem services. Thus, a reduction and reversal of this trend has been defined as a central objective of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) particularly through the initiative Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). To achieve the global vision of Land Degradation Neutrality, concrete action on national level adapted to the local context is needed. The project team works as a consultant to analyze the phenomenon of land degradation in a Georgian context in cooperation with national and local authorities. Based on this, the study team proposes measurable and locally relevant indicators for the monitoring of land degradation. This includes an analysis of existing datasets, decision-making structures and available local capacities. The results will be integrated into the Georgian Spatial Planning system and should raise awareness about land degradation amongst decision-makers on different political levels to reduce or reverse land degradation in Georgia on the long run.