The first global assessment of land degradation based on Earth observation data reported by governments will be presented and reviewed at the Seventeenth Session of the Committee for the Review of Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 17) to be held on 28-29 January 2019 in Georgetown, Guyana.
More than 3.2 billion people
, or 2 in every 5 people, are impacted by land degradation today and up to 143 million people
could move within their countries by 2050 to escape water scarcity and falling crop productivity due to the slow onset impacts of climate change.
The global economy will lose a whopping USD23 trillion by 2050 through land degradation, a review by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) warns. To take urgent action now and halt these alarming trends would cost USD4.6 trillion – only a fraction of the predicted losses.