Memorandum of Understanding

PREAMBLE

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is entered into by the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative with its Secretariat located in Bonn, Germany, hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) (Faculty of Soil Science).

Recognizing that the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (hereinafter referred to as “ELD Initiative”) is an initiative on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems. The Initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It aims to make economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems. Further, the Initiative targets a stronger integration of the value of land in decision making through capacity building and facilitation of science-policy dialogues. Within the framework of five Mission Statements, ELD Initiative works closely with inter-disciplinary partners to achieve these goals.

Acknowledging that Lomonosov Moscow State University (hereinafter ‘’MSU”) is the Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education established since 1755. It is a major traditional educational institution in Russia that offers training in almost all branches of modern science and humanities. MSU is a center of research science famous for its major scientific schools. There have been 11 Nobel Prize winners among its professors and alumni, out of 18 Russians who have received the prestigious prize so far.

Conscious that MSU through its Laboratory of Economics of Land Degradation (hereafter referred to as “ELD lab”) founded in 2014 by the by order of the Rector of Moscow State University on the Faculty of Soil Science of MSU, project No 14-38-00023 with financial support of Russian Science Foundation (rus. “РНФ”) has the mission to create a scientific basis to justify the cost-effectiveness of sustainable land management.

Aware of the challenges faced by countries to keep pace with technological advances in the key areas of the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems and sustainable land management.

Convinced of the fundamental role of knowledge transfer, and of the importance of strengthening human resources to address the complex issue of the economic and social advancement globally.

Recognizing that ELD Initiative and MSU through ELD lab have a common global interest in promoting improved coherent action for increasing the political and public awareness on the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and in the Eurasian region in particular.