A new design to assess Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in the Netherlands : How can we better report to the UNCCD for SDG 15.3?

Keesstra, Saskia; van den Elsen, Erik; Harkema, Tom


The Netherlands is party to the UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) and is, thereby, committed to report about the progress made towards the objectives of this convention. This project explored the shortcomings of the existing UNCCD methodology, and how it could be adapted to take the specific conditions in the Netherlands into account. In this project, we aimed to assess the suitability of the UNCCD SDG 15.3 monitoring and reporting methodology for the Dutch context, and which additional tools could be added to this methodology to enable a more realistic assessment of the actual Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) status and evolution in the Netherlands.