desertification News

  • Symposium on desertification

    The Moroccan Association of Catalysis and Environment organises an International Symposium on Desertification. It is to be held in Errachidia (Morocco) from 12th to 14th October 2010. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 20th September 2010. This meeting gathering more than twenty countries aims at the development of sciences and technology relating to the ...


  • Desertification project Southern Europe

    The EWP and a number of partners are setting up a project proposal involving an innovative technology to reduce water use in irrigation and testing this technology on farms in Cyprus and Spain. Because the effects of implementing a new technology on the water use needs to be tested for their effects on the whole river basin, the Water Stewardship Programme is involved in this proposal. ...


  • Satellite data instrumental in combating desertification

    With land degradation in dryland regions continuing to worsen, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification has agreed on scientist-recommended indicators for monitoring and assessing desertification that signatory countries must report on. The landmark agreement was reached after two weeks of negotiations involving hundreds of scientists and government ministers attending the Ninth Session of the ...


    By European Space Agency (ESA)

  • UN meeting reaches agreement on measuring desertification

    The world's countries have agreed to a minimum set of indicators for monitoring and assessing the extent of desertification, drought and land degradation in what a United Nations official has called a “groundbreaking achievement” in the battle against a problem afflicting nations on every continent. After two weeks of negotiations involving hundreds of scientists, government ministers and ...


    By United Nations

  • Message by the Secretary-General on the World Day to Combat Desertification

    Land degradation and desertification undercut human rights, starting with the right to food. Nearly 1 billion people lack adequate nutrition, and those living off degraded areas are among the most affected. Their situation could worsen if land degradation, as projected, reduces global food production by 12 per cent by 2035. Food security is also impacted by the decline in water resources. Due to ...

  • Turning the land degradation tide on world desertification day

    Improved varieties of the tropical, nutritious 'Sahel Apple' tree allied to the setting up of market gardens and community nature reserves are helping to turn the tide of land-degradation and desertification in some African countries, a new study shows. In other countries on the Continent, communities are testing the re-introduction of extinct grass species, the deployment of rainwater ...

  • 2008 World Day to combat desertification and drought

    Message from Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on the Occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought - 17 June 2008:  This year’s theme for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, “Combating land degradation for sustainable agriculture,” underscores the significance of land and its management for ...

  • Coordinating global action to combat desertification and land degradation

    An informative video outlining the PRAIS initiative has been launched. Unique amongst the Rio Convention, PRAIS utilises an interactive online portal to collate information from 192 countries on quantifiable actions towards the UNCCD's 10 Year Strategy for poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. Desertification, land degradation and drought affect over one and a half billion people in ...

  • Anti-desertification plan gets official launch in Rio

    Organisations from Africa, Brazil and France have officially launched a ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Guidelines for combating soil erosion and desertification with plants

    A set of guidelines has been developed to reduce soil erosion by planting vegetation in desertification hotspots.Farmers and policymakers can use the guidelines to identify the most suitable places to plant vegetation in the channels where water and sediment move through the landscape. Land degradation through desertification typically occurs in vulnerable, semi-dry areas. As a result of ...

  • UN launches decade-long efforts to tackle desertification

    The United Nations is launching the Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (2010-2020) today, an 11-year long effort to raise awareness and action to improve the protection and management of the world's drylands, home to a third of the world's population and which face serious economic and environmental threats. 'Continued land degradation - whether from climate change, ...

  • Combating desertification could help tackle other global crises

    While global attention is focused on crises ranging from energy to food security to climate change, a senior United Nations environmental expert highlighted the “silent” crisis of desertification or land degradation, which, if tackled properly, can actually help address these other issues. “The land can be… an opportunity to solve most of the ongoing global crises,” Luc Gnacadja, Executive ...


    By United Nations

  • IUCN urges greater action to combat desertification and climate change in drylands

    As the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, comprising 191 countries, closed in Madrid in early morning of Saturday 15 September, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) called for greater engagement of the international community to fight desertification and address climate change impacts in drylands Parties and civil society came together in Madrid ...

  • UN chief appoints Monique Barbut of France as head of convention to combat desertification

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Monique Barbut of France as the head of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Ms. Barbut has extensive experience on sustainable development issues coupled with international diplomatic and political experience. Since 2012, she was Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the Agence ...

  • Swallowed by sand: China`s billion-dollar battle against desertification

    It is estimated that desertification, a process of land degradation that occurs in dryland ecosystems due to overexploitation and land mismanagement, now costs China about US$2-3 billion each year. China’s experience is not unique. In Africa, for example, worsening soil conditions could mean that the continent could only feed a quarter of its inhabitants by 2025. Minqin County is one of the ...

  • Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification

    The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer. The recent developments reported here contribute to the implementation of a ...

  • UN and partners renew efforts to support green economy projects in deserts and drylands

    Following a major meeting on drylands held in China's Kubuqi desert, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced fresh support for projects tackling desertification in Asia. Tackling desertification and harnessing the economic opportunities from renewable energy, desert tourism and other sustainable development projects in drylands are the focus of new agreements signed ...

  • Bamako declaration: road map for Africa’s climate change and biodiversity strategies

    The 13th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) came to a close on Monday with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, the continent"s new road map for sustainable development and basis for strengthening the common negotiating position on climate change and biological diversity. AMCEN"s in-coming President, Prof. Thiemoko Sangare, who is also the Minister of ...

  • Burkina Faso Mining

    Since April 2013, Huckbody Environmental has been providing Environmental and Social Management services to Pan African Minerals for their Tambao Manganese project in Burkina Faso, with rail transport down to the port of Abidjan in Cote D’Ivoire. The mine is located in the Sahel at the north of Burkina Faso and poses some interesting environmental and social challenges, with increasing ...


    By Huckbody Environmental

  • Syngenta and UNCCD build partnership for a Soil Leadership

    Syngenta today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to establish and operationalize the Soil Leadership Academy. The Academy aims to address the soil conservation challenge globally. It will engage research institutes, universities, and on-the-ground practitioners to share knowledge and expertise in soil ...


    By Syngenta

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