Sustainable land use management in the drylands of North-west of Argentina

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From November 17, 2014 to February 17, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil
  2. 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  3. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Project ID: 4841

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Agrobiodiversity


  • Deserts
  • Grasslands
  • Human altered areas


  • Semi-arid (cold winter) deserts

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Other sectors

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Thought leadership


  • Management operation
  • Governance
  • Food and agricultural commodities


  • Sustainable land management
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Management effectiveness (METT)
  • Institutional framework
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Ecosystem services monitoring
  • Improved & diversified sustainable livelihoods (TP 5)
  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)
  • FACS strategies for sustainable supply chain (TP 4)

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Local community/CSOs
  • Indigenous peoples

Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Reduce exposure
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil
  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


The project will promote the sustainable management of land in the arid and semi-arid ecosystems of the northwest of Argentina to address increasing loss of ecosystem functions and services in an area characterised by high land degradation and poverty levels. It will promote the incorporation of sustainable land management into ongoing government programmes to improve rural livelihoods by implementing sustainable land management (SLM) practices within targeted landscapes and developing provincial and national capacities and governance frameworks for replication at scale. This will include incorporating SLM approaches and integrated natural resources management (INRM) into provincial land use plans and setting up multi-sector platforms to facilitate coordination between competing environmental, social and economic objectives. In doing so it will reduce conflicting land-uses and improve the sustainability of land management so as to maintain the flow of agro-ecosystem services to sustain the livelihoods of local communities. Further it will develop an effective and comprehensive decision-support system for planning, monitoring and evaluation of SLM at the provincial and nationals providing critical information to influence investment and increase efficiencies.


A framework for Sustainable Land Management implemented to mitigate land degradation, maintain ecosystem services and improve the quality of life of the rural populations of the drylands of Northwest Argentina.

USD $3,609,091

Grant amount

USD $20,030,200

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,609,091)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Argentina

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Sustainable land use management in the drylands of North-west of Argentina