Restoring the Earth and the cost of inaction

7 November 2018

Land degradation is currently undermining the well-being of more than 3 billion people, and if left unaddressed, it is projected that by 2050:

  • Over half of the pre-modern abundance of wild creatures will be lost;
  • Up to 700 million of the 4 billion people living in dry lands will be forced to migrate; and
  • Crop yields will be reduced by an average of 10%, and by up to 50% in some regions.

To bring attention to this significant issue, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) produced the Assessment Report on Land Degradation and Restoration; the result of three years work, involving collaboration with 160 leading experts from across the world and drawing on over 3,000 sources.

The Assessment Report on Land Degradation and Restoration is the first global comprehensive evidence-based report on this topic, providing policy makers with the best available research to make better-informed decisions for taking action to halt and reverse the damage inflicted by land degradation.

In order to raise awareness and highlight the report’s key findings, IPBES worked with QUO to create a six-minute video addressing the urgent need to respond to the current threats of land degradation, which, if left unchecked, will continue to drive species extinctions, intensify climate change and contribute to mass human migration and increased conflict. The video also summarises the recommendations for land restoration to shift away from the current trends, with the main message that it is not too late to act, but we need to act now!

The video can be viewed on the official IPBES YouTube channel here.