15.3) By 2030, combat desertification, and restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
Syngenta is promoting conservation practices based on minimum soil disturbance, crop rotation, permanent ground cover, and biodiversity enhancing landscape management through e.g. multifunctional field margins. These are aimed at preventing, halting, and reversing land degradation by contributing to organic carbon storage, water retention and soil biological activity, and on planting rich habitats on marginal and less productive farmland alongside fields and waterways to create interconnected habitat infrastructures. Syngenta’s concrete action is to embed soil and biodiversity enhancing protocols in its commercial offer, use demonstration farms in partnership with universities and local stakeholders, and to engage decision makers and other stakeholders in its partnership with the UNCCD Soil Leadership Academy for policy and decision makers and with commercial partners. Two years into Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan, the company has a fully transparent and audited system of measuring and reporting on progress. The progress made today is 4 million hectares, about 25% of Syngenta’s 2020 target of 15 million hectares. Syngenta has projects in over 30 countries in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia.