The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund (LDN) It was launched by our subsidiary Mirova and has been operational since its first closing at the end of 2018. The fund is now finalizing its first transaction, investing in a program aimed at restoring degraded land in Latin America through agroforestry practices.
The Fund is the first world fund devoted to land rehabilitation and sustainable land management with the aim of achieving land degradation neutrality.
Land conservation is a key worldwide challenge
Close to 60% of land is degraded worldwide1, and overgrazing, deforestation and agricultural activities are among the main causes of soil degradation.
Land degradation has a major effect on food security, the climate and biodiversity, as soil is home to a quarter of all living species on earth.
LDN Fund – first world fund devoted to sustainable land management
The LDN Fund is a unique fund, set up in partnership with the United Nations with the aim of promoting sustainable land use practices along with the restoration of degraded land. The fund aims to collect $300m.
The LDN Fund provides long-term funding for sustainable land management projects in the agricultural and forestry sectors, as well as technical assistance.
Some figures on the LDN Fund’s goals:
The LDN Fund selected Urapi Sustainable Land Use (Urapi) for its first investment, a program focused on restoring degraded land and promoting sustainable land management in Latin America.
Urapi was designed by project developer ECOTIERRA, and aims to develop and implement agroforestry projects, and also strengthen value chains through partnerships with cooperatives of small-scale producers.
The first project developed, financed and implemented by Urapi involves four coffee cooperatives in Peru and aims to reforest nearly 9,000 hectares of degraded land into productive agroforestry systems, sequester and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.3 million tons, and improve the livelihoods of 2,400 producers.
1Report from the IPBES – Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2018)
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