Healthy land is the foundation of basic human needs: It provides food, fibre, fuel and —most importantly— water. When managed sustainably, land provides a wide range of ecosystem services and is an important natural asset for economic growth and social prosperity.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is mobilizing its member companies on the topic of land degradation, focusing its efforts on “land degradation neutrality” (LDN) a global target adopted as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG #15) and discussed as part of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) twelfth Conference of the Parties (COP12), in Ankara, Turkey (12-23 October 2015).
The Road to Ankara is the road map that led WBCSD, its member companies as well as partner organizations to the UNCCD COP12.
WBCSD was the most prominent non state actor in Ankara. This presented a remarkable opportunity for members to provide a business response to the UNCCD target, help strengthen the business case for action and position business as a key solution provider in achieving land degradation neutrality.
Being deeply embedded in the WBCSD work program, the Road to Ankara is included in the WBCSD’s Road to Paris and beyond and also links to the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in 2016.