U.N. report highlights land use trends and costs of degradation – Reuters

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Decades of deforestation, mining and commercial contamination have taken a toll on the world, leaving as much as 40% of its land broken down and putting economies at threat, a U.N. report says.Nearly half of the worlds land area is now taken up by farming, which has seen swathes of forest cleared for animals rangeland and crop fields.If trends continue, another 11% of the worlds land surface – about the size of South America – might be degraded by 2050, the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) said on Wednesday in its global land outlook.Register now for FREE unrestricted access to Reuters.comRegisterThe world is requiring more food to feed a growing population, while efforts to fight environment modification include leaving forests intact and expanding land-based tasks such as solar panel ranges and wind farms. We can not take land for granted.At its 15th conference, to be held next month in Abidjan, the UNCCD will warn policymakers that land deterioration is putting some businesses and markets at risk.Roughly half of the worldwide economy, or about $44 trillion a year, relies on land cultivation or resource extraction.Countries have vowed to bring back 10 million square km by 2030, or about Chinas size, however are falling short of setting in motion the $1.6 trillion or so needed for the job, the report says.Redirecting the $700 billion provided in yearly farming and fossil fuel aids worldwide to restoring land might assist, it says.Thiaw stated the personal sector, accountable for a lot of food production, must reduce agrochemical use and invest more in improving nature. Africas Great Green Wall, launched in 2007 to bring back an 8,000-km strip of land throughout the width of the continent by 2030, has actually so far restored just 4% of the target area, the report says.Register now for FREE unrestricted access to Reuters.comRegisterReporting by Gloria Dickie in London; Editing by Katy Daigle and Janet LawrenceOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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