The enormous population growth in this area of North Darfur, Sudan, had as a result widespread deforestation, falling groundwater levels, and increasing environmental degradation, which in turn erode livelihoods and undermine economic recovery. Photo: UNEP/Anssi Kullberg.
What we can do
Actions you can take to help Governments and businesses must deliver. But each one of us can help to protect and restore the land. Here are some things you can do.
Raise awareness about ways to build back better with healthy land in your area: rate your community’s harmony with nature and propose solutions. For example, you can see the potential of the land on which you stand by using a mobile app such as LandPKS. Experts – such as associations of landscapers, land economists and agricultural university student chapters – can help their urban and rural communities to understand and increase the value of their land through better landscaping, restoration and community conservation projects. ü Be informed about the costs of the pollution generated by your everyday consumption; Support local economies and reduce unnecessary CO2 emissions caused by long-distance transportation of food and other consumables.
Be an advocate for promoting sound policy for nature and economic recovery: write a letter urging local authorities to implement commitments on land restoration, drought resilience and land use planning; propose ‘pro-land’ projects to your city, such as increasing biodiversity in parks, beautifying and greening neighbourhoods, promoting local food, etc.; and join groups that cares about environment and flag the important role land plays in building back better.
Start a project and involve environmentally conscious companies as your partner.