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Land restoration requires immediate action and Indigenous land rights, says U.N. report

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Food systems are responsible for 80% of the world’s deforestation, 70% of freshwater use and contribute to 40% of the planet’s land degradation says a recently published report by the U.N.’s Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The report, the Global Land Outlook 2 (GLO2), published on Wednesday, is the most comprehensive study of the extent to which the world’s land is degraded, and what this means for people, the economy, wildlife, and the climate. “Conserving, restoring, and using our land resources sustainably is a global imperative, one that requires action on a crisis footing,” …

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