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Last Updated
May 2024
200 Kha
Commited to Restore by 2030
1.3 %
Forest Cover

Mr. Lebajoa Mahalefele
Acting Director of Forestry & AFR100 Focal Point

Projects in Lesotho

Our Approach


Steps to Success

LDN Targets

Setting targets and establishing the level of ambition

Leverage and impact

Catalyzing the multiple benefits that LDN provides from climate change mitigation and adaptation to poverty reduction

Partnerships and resource mobilization

Rationalizing engagement with partners, overcoming fragmentation and systematically tapping into increasing finance opportunities, including climate finance

Transformative action

Designing and implementing bold LDN transformative projects that deliver multiple benefits; and Monitoring and reporting: tracking progress towards achieving the LDN targets.

Key Milestones

Lesotho ratified the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Our Vision

The Lesotho target is to achieve LDN by 2030 as compared to the 2015 baseline and an improvement of 5% of the land. The improvement is expected mainly in the lowlands and foothills of Lesotho where majority of the land is used for cropping. The target is to also improve soil organic carbon in all land classes.

Specific Targets to Avoid, Minimize and Reverse Land Degradation

  • Improve productivity and Soil Organic Carbon stocks to 2% in all land classes by 2030 as compared to 2015.

  • Rehabilitate 600,000 hectares of degraded land to functionality by 2030.

  • Convert 135,600 ha of Brush land back to rangeland by 2030 as compared to 2015.

  • Halt the conversion of forests and wetlands to other land cover classes by 2022.

  • Increase forest cover by 61,325 ha by 2030 as compared to 2015.

  • Reduce the rate of soil erosion and sealing (conversion to artificial land cover) by 20% by 2030 as compared to 2015.

Additional Resources

National Strategic Development Plan 2018/19-2022/23
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