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‘Delhi Declaration’ at desertification summit: So near yet so far

by Mayank Aggarwal on 17 September 2019 • Restoration of land impacted by desertification and degradation can have long-term benefits for the development of society and thus a proactive approach is required to restore degraded land, held the recently concluded 14th Conference of Parties (CoP14) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). • Over 190 countries adopted the ... Read More »

Desertification ‘more dangerous, more insidious than wars’

By Desmond Brown Ankara, Jun 18 2019 (IPS) – Businesses are being encouraged to follow the lead of the youth to halt desertification, reduce degradation, improve agricultural sustainability and restore damaged lands. “The youth is a very particular case. The youth give me a lot of hope because I see their passion, and I see their vision,” head of the ... Read More »

24bn tons of fertile soil globally; 8% GDP of poor nations lost annually

Dhaka, June 17 – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said dryland degradation reduces national domestic product in developing countries by up to 8 percent annually. “We must urgently change such trends,” he said in a message marking the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought that falls on June 17. He said protecting and restoring land – and better using ... Read More »

Desertification, drought: Land conservation a risky business

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 2019 (IPS) – In light of land degradation and climate change, the protection of the environment is crucial—but the protection of the very people working tirelessly and with much risk to preserve nature should be just as important. Forests have long been underestimated—they sustain biodiversity, regulate the world’s water and weather cycles, and even provide the air ... Read More »

Desertification: The right to life, liberty, and land

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2019 (IPS) – Sustainable land management is becoming more important than ever as rates of emissions, deforestation, and water scarcity continue to increase. But what if you don’t have rights to the land?While the impact of agriculture on land is well known, the relationship between land degradation and land tenure seems to be less understood. In fact, ... Read More »