Why are land rights important to stop drought?

16 May 2022

UNCCD COP15

COP15 brings together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future sustainable management of land.

Land is crucial for a healthy, productive society, and COP15 explore links between land and key sustainability issues such as climate change. These issues are discussed during high-level roundtables and interactive dialogue sessions, as well as numerous other special and side events. ​

For GLF, COP15 is a key moment in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought. Land rights, gender equality and youth empowerment are among the top items on the Conference agenda.

Securing Land Tenure Rights

Securing Land Tenure Rights to Achieve Land Degradation Neutrality, Land-based Adaptation, and Responses to Drought is a co-hosted side event that explored practical entry points to empower communities that depend most on land and natural resources to claim their legitimate rights.

People living in drylands and areas affected by degradation are amongst the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. To protect their livelihoods, it is crucial to take measures to avoid, reduce, and reverse land degradation as well as ensure the security of their land tenure, as was recognized and highlighted at UNCCD COP14 in 2019 through the COP14/26 decision on land tenure.

This side event co-hosted by the TMG Think Tank for Sustainability outlines progress made by Parties to the Convention and highlights opportunities to further scale up existing efforts. It also address the importance of land tenure for land-based adaptation and responses to drought.

Learn about Land Navigator, an innovative digital tool TMG has developed to to protect land rights of communities.