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Action Against Desertification to restore 18 000 hectares of degraded land along Africa’s Great Green Wall in 2018

01 December 2017
Evaluation and planning workshop on AAD’s restoration and communication activities 22 November 2017, Rome/Niamey – Action Against Desertification (AAD) plans to restore 18 000 hectares of degraded lands in ten African countries to support the expansion of Africa’s Great Green Wall in 2018. This is the main outcome of a workshop held in

Publication of NGARA framework of priorities

01 November 2017
The regional Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA), with support from FAO’s Action Against Desertification (AAD) project, has established its framework of priorities (2017-2030) to support sustainable production and use of commercial plant gums and resins, locally and internationally. These can be obtained from trees and forests

Developing the economic potential of Africa’s drylands

29 September 2017
Action Against Desertification participates in regional conference of forest and farm producer organizations Morogoro, Tanzania – Experts involved in Action Against Desertification (AAD), an EU-funded programme supporting Africa’s Great Green Wall initiative, took part in the second African Regional Conference of Forest and Farm Producers Organizations to learn more about the

FAO’s work on dryland forests and landscapes was highlighted during the fifth Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW)

01 April 2017
FAO’s work on dryland forests and landscapes was highlighted during the fifth Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW) in Agadir, Morocco. There, nine countries (Algeria, France, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey) endorsed the Agadir Commitment that would establish a new Regional Mediterranean Initiative on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR)

Launch of a COFO Working Group on dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems

29 July 2016
Dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems, when well managed, contribute to the food security, livelihoods and resilience of millions of people as well as to sustainable landscapes. To understand and tackle the problems behind the loss and degradation of agrosilvopastoral systems in drylands, and to better support these systems, FAO was

FAO study provides the most detailed snapshot to date on trees, forests and land use in the world's drylands

19 July 2016
A valuable policy-making and investment tool for sustainable development, addressing climate change 19 July 2016, Rome - A new FAO report helps to fill a significant knowledge gap on the presence and extent of forests and trees in the world's drylands, where the food security and livelihoods of millions of people, already

Achieving land degradation neutrality in Iran

22 June 2016
This week, following the commemoration of the World Day to Combat Desertification 2016 held on Saturday 18 June 2016 as a joint ceremony organized by the FAO Representation in Iran and the Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO) of the Ministry of Jihad-e Agriculture, the urgency of the issue

African Union Commission and FAO step up support to Great Green Wall initiative

05 February 2016
Cooperation agreement signed on the implementation of Action Against Desertification Addis Ababa – In an agreement signed today, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have further strengthened their partnership in support of the Great Green Wall initiative, Africa’s flagship initiative to combat land degradation,

Guidelines promote restoration of the world’s drylands

20 January 2016
New document captures, evaluates and shares knowledge gained in dryland restoration initiatives Over forty percent of the world’s land cover consists of drylands, home to around two billion people. Between 10-20% are estimated to be degraded. In an effort to promote drylands restoration, FAO and partners have drawn up the

Community participation at the heart of Africa’s Great Green Wall restoration model

08 January 2016
Unasylva on success of restoration efforts in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger "The intrinsic and complex links between people and the landscape in which they live is of critical importance when developing a restoration model.” FAO’s international journal on forestry Unasylva, issue 245, highlighting forest and landscape restoration as a