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Land Restoration for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

An International Resource Panel Think Piece

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Land restoration has tremendous potential to help the world limit climate change and achieve its aims for sustainable development. In its latest study, the International Resource Panel finds positive spin-offs to support all 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed to by the world’s nations as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Co-benefits, strategies and cross-cutting opportunities: An initial assessment

In 1938, with war closing in on his adopted home in Europe and soon to engulf much of Asia and parts of Africa, the author Louis Bromfield returned to restore the degraded farm, forest and pas-tureland of his youth in the United States. In 1943, he published Peaceful Valley, a book that addresses many of the co-benefits of land restoration for what would, 72 years later, be articulated as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the book was published during a period of global conflict, he clearly identified the critical importance of soil for both personal and national security (SDGs 1 and 16):

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