Land is the platform on which more than 99 % of all humans live and provides for majority
of the food and other needs. Seventy five percent of all global landmass has been modified by
humanity and 25 % have lots its productivity. Restoration of land productivity is, therefore, a
The G20 Members which met in Riyadh in 2020 came out with Global Initiative on Reducing Land
Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats with a global ambition of achieving
50% reduction in degraded land. This initiative is currently being implemented with an initiative
coordination office in Bonn at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.
The Azim Premji University (Bangalore), Indian Institute of Forest Management (Bhopal) and UN
Convention to Combat Desertification, jointly organized an international conference on the Social,
Economic and Institutional Aspects of Land and Ecosystem Restoration. The event was organized at
the Azim Premji University Campus in Bangalore, Karnataka. Experts and practitioners from around
the world joined the 3-day event to deliberate on the topic.