White Paper I

White Paper I: "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought".

As a background for the  UNCCD 2nd  Scientific Conference, two complementary White Papers on the economics of DLDD have been prepared to present the current scientific understanding and knowledge.

White Paper I identifes the different types of costs - economic, social as well as environmental - related to DLDD and evaluates various methods for measuring and addressing them. This economic and social impact assessment was conducted through the analysis and compilation of peer-reviewed literature as well as case studies from different geographical regions. Based on the results of this assessment a tool box of methodologies has been established, which shall inform decision makers on how to issue effective policies and develop strategies to take national methodologies to a regional and global level.

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