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Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace
Land use forms the point of convergence for such priority items on the global agenda as water and food security, extreme poverty, climate change (both mitigation and adaptation), conflict and mass migration.
On average, six to ten inches of topsoil is all that separates stability and conflict, while every year an area three times the size of Switzerland is lost to agriculture.
The central importance of land is most obvious in the world’s drylands, which used to feed about 40% of global population. As land is lost and population grows, conflict increases with more and more people competing for what remains. Eighty per cent of the world’s conflicts now take place in its drylands, and countries under particular pressure risk becoming failing states.
Consequently land restoration and sustainable land management play a central role in food security, water security, economic growth through employment, and carbon sequestration. As such, land restoration can play a central role in strengthening climate resilience in fragile states.
Land restoration and peace-building
Land restoration takes collaboration, which in turn requires trust, between individuals, groups and communities. As such, land restoration offers a non-political avenue for bringing together diverse communities to strengthen relationships for peace and develop suitable governance mechanisms for their shared environment. Land restoration in the context of a present conflict or post-conflict region requires delicate negotiation and the space and time for forgiveness to heal broken relationships and communities. When so combined, land restoration and trust-building interventions offer proactive approach to long-term sustainable peace.
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