Two billion hectares of degraded land worldwide – an area larger than South America – are currently available for rehabilitation.

Nearly 500 million hectares of two billion hectares of degraded land worldwide is abandoned agricultural land. An additional 12 million hectares of land are degraded every year by human activities. The Global Mechanism (GM) is a financial mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification that supports countries to mobilize financial resources and increase investments in sustainable land management, helping reverse, control and prevent desertification, land degradation and drought.

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