Land for Life Award


The Land for Life Award was launched at the UNCCD COP10 in the Republic of Korea as part of the Changwon Initiative. This Award recognizes the excellence and innovation of individuals, groups, institutions and businesses whose work and initiatives have made a significant contribution towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15: “Life on Land”, in particular Target 15.3 land degradation neutrality (LDN).

Land for Life Award 2019
Call for Nominations

The 2019 Land for Life Award: Decades of Impact

The Land for Life Award recognizes excellence in efforts towards achieving land degradation neutrality. Individuals, institutions and businesses, non-governmental organizations, policy makers and civil society as well as academic and research organizations are eligible for the award.

The international community adopted the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 1994 out of concern that “desertification and drought are problems of global dimension in that they affect all regions of the world.” Today, 25 years into the Convention, we find clear evidence of recovery and restoration of degraded landscapes all over the world.

As the UN Convention to Combat Desertification celebrates its 25th year, the 2019 Land for Life Award will be dedicated to “Decades of Impact”. We will recognize efforts that are contributing to land degradation neutrality on a large-scale, with long-term changes and dedicated actions for 25 years or longer and remarkable positive impacts on land, people, communities, and society as a whole. 

Nomination and Selection Process 
Please submit your nomination using the form online or download the form
and send it to by 
30 March 2019. Self-nomination is not possible. A jury of international experts will review nominations and decide on winners. The award is not endowed. Award recipients will be announced on World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June 2019 in Turkey. 

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