Desertification

Source: Prevention Web
This study reviews all previous known attempts to approach the issue of drought analysis at the global scale as well as attempts to map disaster risks, water scarcity, climate change and related subjects – either at a country level or at regular grid scales - in order to examine the global patterns and impacts of droughts. (PDF). October 2009. [see more]
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification defines desertification as "land degradation in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities". Over 250 million people are directly affected by desertification. One billion people in over 100 countries are at risk, including many of the world's poorest, most marginalized, and politically weak citizens.

Fighting desertification is essential to ensuring the long-term productivity of inhabited drylands. Unfortunately, efforts to combat the ever-increasing problem have often failed and, as a result, land degradation continues to worsen.

The Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) was adopted by governments in June 1994 and came into force in December 1996. As the third convention envisaged by the Earth Summit, (the other two deal with biodiversity and climate change), the CCD aims to combat desertification and reduce the effects of drought in dry areas, particularly in Africa, the most severely affected continent.

In October 1997, the Convention launched the Global Mechanism to act as a broker between affected countries, the donor community and the private sector, mobilizing resources for anti-desertification programmes.

Combating desertification is really just part of a much broader objective: the sustainable development of countries affected by drought and desertification.
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Thursday, October 22 2009
Mapping drought patterns and impacts: a global perspective
(Source: Prevention Web)
Tuesday, July 15 2008
African 'wall of trees' gets underway
(Source: SciDevnet)
Friday, August 31 2007
Soil erosion is the silent global crisis
(Source: IPS)

Civil society

Central Asia Desertification Problems

International desertification and civil society forum (ENDA)

Asian NGOs' Proposals (Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM))

Making a difference: stories from local communities (UNCCD)

Information resources

Desertification Information Network (Centre For Earth Observation)

Mapping drought patterns and impacts: a global perspective (Prevention Web)

African 'wall of trees' gets underway (SciDevnet)

Desert Research Foundation of Namibia

African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)

Sahara and Sahel Observatory (UNESCO)

Land Degradation and Desertification (Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN))

Desertification 2002 Conference

Combating Desertification

Alternative Ways to Combat Desertification (Desert Research Foundation of Namibia)

Official information

Secretariat of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) (United Nations)

Global Mechanism (UNCCD)

FAO on Desertification (FAO)

June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification (IFAD)

First session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC1) (UNCCD)

World day to combat desertification 2005 (UNCCD)

Dryland Web: Office to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNSO) (UNDP)

Articles and reports

Africa's deserts are in "spectacular" retreat (New Scientist)

Sustainable Agriculture Pushing Back the Desert (I-SiS)

Desertification - a threat to the Sahel (Eden Foundation)

Conserving and rebuilding soils (Earth Policy Institute)

Plans to halt desertification in Africa a work in progress (IPS)

Women's expertise key to rolling back deserts (IPS)

Gender and desertification: expanding the roles of women (IFAD)

Global deserts outlook 2006 (UNEP)

Grassroots Indicators for Desertification (IDRC)

Climate change and the Mediterranean region (Greenpeace)

Trade, desertification and livelihoods (Friends of the Earth International)

Indigenous land turns to desert (Tierramérica)

Dryland conservation and development: striking a balance (UNDP)

Gender and sustainable development in drylands: an analysis of field experiences (Food and Agriculture Organization)

Other meetings on desertification

Soil erosion is the silent global crisis (IPS)


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