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Global Drylands: A UN system-wide response cover image
Manuals & Guidelines
Reports & Research
October 2011
Global

More than two billion people depend on the world’s arid and semi-arid lands. Preventing land degradation and supporting sustainable development in drylands has major implications for food security, climate change and human settlement. This report, issued at the beginning of the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, sets out a shared strategy by UN agencies to rise to the challenge of addressing the special needs of these vital zones.

The Forgotten Billion: MDG achievement in the Drylands cover image
Manuals & Guidelines
Journal Articles & Books
August 2011
Global

As the world reviews its progress in tackling global poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), drylands can no longer be ignored. Drylands account for more than a third of the world’s land surface and more than 2 billion of its people. Yet for too long, drylands and their inhabitants have been neglected in development processes.

Land for Life: Securing Our Common Future cover image
Journal Articles & Books
January 2011
Global

Land is the foundation for all life-sustaining processes on Earth. Through its physical, chemical, and biological attributes, land underpins a wide range of ecosystem goods and services that humanity depends on for survival.

Highlands and Drylands Mountains, a source of resilience in arid regions cover image
Manuals & Guidelines
Journal Articles & Books
January 2011
Global

Dryland mountains are among the least-known environments in the world, and certainly one of the most overlooked by decision- and policy-makers.

Dryland mountains have an outstanding strategic value. They act as water towers for surrounding dry lowland areas, as shown by the examples of the Rocky Mountains of North America, the Central Andes, the mountains of the Mediterranean Basin, the Sahara and Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, and Central Asia

Cambio climático y desertificación cover image
Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011
Global

Esta cita subraya un fenómeno que los agricultures, particularmente los de las áreas secas marginadas, llevan años experimentando: la amenaza de la desertificación y el cambio climático para sus vidas. El secuestro de carbono, sin embargo, tiene una doble utilidad para revertir esta amenaza: en primer lugar, el calentamiento global puede ser mitigado significativamente mediante la eliminación del dióxido de carbono de la atmósfera y su secuestro en el suelo; en segundo lugar, el aumento de carbono en el suelo tiene un gran valor como activo para la producción de alimento.

Changement climatique et désertification cover image
Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011
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Ce message pessimiste met en évidence un phénomène que les agriculteurs des zones arides marginales connaissent depuis des années, là où la désertification et le changement climatique sont une menace concrète. La séquestration du carbone peut cependant être un moyen de lutte efficace : d’une part, elle permet d'atténuer de façon significative le réchauffement planétaire en transférant dans les sols le CO2 atmosphérique ; d'autre part, le carbone ainsi stocké dans le sol constitue une ressource importante des processus de production alimentaire.

Climate change and desertification cover image
Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011
Global

The message in this short, yet stark sentence highlights a phenomenon that farmers, particularly in marginalized dryland areas, have been experiencing for years – the threat of desertification and climate change to their lives. Carbon sequestration, however, serves a dual purpose to remedy this threat. Firstly, global warming can be mitigated significantly by removing atmospheric carbon dioxide and sequestering it in soil. Secondly, increased carbon in the soil has great value as a food-producing asset.

Migración y desertificación cover image
Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011
Global

Aquellos que formulan políticas y decisiones internacionales reconocen que la relación entre el cambio medioambiental y la migración tiene graves consecuencias para la seguridad humana. El paradigma de la seguridad se ha alejado de los modelos centrados exclusivamente en el Estado para acercase a un patrón que contempla una idea más amplia: la del desarrollo humano como modelo de libertad.

Migration et désertification cover image
Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011
Global

Les acteurs politiques et décideurs internationaux reconnaissent à présent que le lien entre changement climatique et migration a de graves conséquences sur la sécurité humaine. Le paradigme sécuritaire s’est déplacé, passant de modèles purement centrés sur l’état à un modèle englobant cette grande idée du développement humain qu’est la liberté.

Migration and desertification cover image
Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011
Global

International policy and decision makers now recognize that the link between environmental change and migration has grave consequences for human security. The paradigm of security has shifted away from purely state-centered models to a model that encompasses the greater idea of human development as freedom. The new model implies greater international awareness of the importance of sustainable development for all people – including an intact environment and the ability of all people to enjoy good health and respectable work.