Full achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is only possible through urgent, concerted and effective action to avoid and reduce land degradation and promote restoration, bringing positive impacts across all dimensions of development. The inherent dynamic interconnections between the Earth’s land systems, climate and human societies mean that efforts to address land degradation and restore landscapes have multiplicative positive benefits. Restored forests and landscapes increase food and water security, sequester carbon, enhance adaptability and resilience to climate change, and minimise the risks associated with conflicts over natural resources and large-scale migration. The social returns of taking action on restoration at a global level are estimated at US$ 5 for every $ 1 invested in restoring degraded land. These facts represent both an excellent investment opportunity for both developed and developing countries. Reversing land degradation and halting deforestation through restoration is possible.
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