Sustainable land management and restoration in the Middle East and North Africa Region: issues, challenges, and recommendations

Land management in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) is facing important challenges with degradation and needs to learn from others in order to make progress at scale. Sustainable land management and the restoration of degraded lands are important topics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, not only because of the significant role that land plays in people’s livelihoods, but because of its sensitivity to changes in its management and to the impacts of climate change. The objective of this report is to provide the evidence base for governments and policymakers in developing a regional program on land restoration in MENA, drawing on lessons from Africa and other regions with large-scale efforts. The literature on sustainable land management and restoration of degraded lands is vast. This report reviews relevant global and regional experience and develops an applicable framework for MENA countries.