About DS-SLM

The project

The goal of the DS-SLM project is to contribute to arresting and reversing current global trends in land degradation.

The global environmental objective of the project is: 
to contribute to combating desertification land degradation and drought (DLDD) worldwide through scaling up sustainable land management (SLM) best practices based on evidence based and informed decision making.

The project development objective is:
to increase the provision of ecosystem goods and services and enhance food security in countries and regions affected by DLDD through the promotion of SLM and integrated management and efficiency in the use of natural resources.

Project components

The project objectives will be delivered through three interlinked components:

Component 1:
National and local decision-support on combating DLDD and promoting mainstreaming and up-scaling of SLM best practices

 Component 2:
Global DLDD and SLM Knowledge Managementand Decision-Support Platform
Component 3:
Monitoring and Evaluation and dissemination of project results

Project funding and partners

The DS-SLM project was endorsed by the CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in October 2014 subsequent to review and letters of endorsement by the 15 beneficiary countries. The GEF grant amounts to 6,116,730 US Dollars. With co-funding by Governments, FAO (GEF executing and implementing agency) and the Centre for Development  and Environment (CDE)/World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Secretariat, total funds are projected to reach more than 44 million US Dollars.

FAO Land and Water Division (NRL) coordinates project implementation in close consultation with Executing Agencies in the 15 countries, comprising the designated lead ministries/agencies, and CDE/WOCAT Secretariat.

Project partners in the countries include a number of other stakeholders, ranging from local communities and NGOs working in the demonstration areas/target landscapes and government offices and scientific/technical institutions at national and sub-national levels.