ORGANIZER(S): Global Risk Forum
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Type: Meeting or Conference Date: 26 Jan 2011 Location: Switzerland (Davos) Venue: 14:00 - 16:00 City Hall Community of Davos Berglistutz 1 Davos Platz
A Special Event during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011
A recent study found that land degradation has reduced the productivity of the world's terrestrial surface area by about 25% over the period 1981-2003. Such a setting challenges the global environmental and developmental objectives. According to FAO, to provide food to an increasing world population, agricultural production must increase by 50% by 2030. At the same time, increasing demand for agro fuels is intensifying competition for the scarce resources of soil and water, and climate change is threatening productive systems. OECD has calculated that an annual investment of US$80 billion would be needed to replace the loss in developing countries` agricultural production. However, many decision-makers in both developing and developed countries continue to discount these economic impacts on productive ecosystems.
There is an evident need to draw attention to the global economic benefits of healthy and productive land and soil. “The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought” (E-DLDD) will respond to this need, by calculating and communicating the cost of desertification, land degradation and drought, assessing the cost – and benefit – of action vs. the cost of inaction, and providing practical guidance for effective decision-making.
Panellists include (in alphabetical order):
Event website: http://www.grforum.org
Short URL: http://www.preventionweb.net/go/17624