Desertification publications

Trees, forests and land use in drylands: the first global assessment 5 December 2019 This publication presents the results of the first global assessment of trees, forests and land use in these lands. The assessment breaks new methodological ground: it relies on the visual interpreation of freely available satellite images, carried out by more than 200 experts in a series of regional workshops. [more]
Trees, forests and land use in drylands: The first global assessment 14 November 2018 Drylands cover about 41 percent of the Earth’s land surface and are characterized by a scarcity of water (Box 1 contains a full definition). About 90 percent of the estimated 2 billion people living in drylands are in developing countries (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005). The majority of these people depend on forests and other wooded lands, grasslands and trees on farms to meet basic needs for food, medicines, shelter, cooking, heating, wood, and fodder for livestock, and for income. [more]
Global guidelines for the restoration of degraded forests and landscapes in drylands 18 April 2018 Drylands cover nearly half of the earth’s land surface and are home to one-third of the global population. They face extraordinary challenges, including those posed by desertification, biodiversity loss, poverty, food insecurity and climate change. It is clear that serious efforts are needed to arrest dryland degradation and restore degraded lands, and the simple but urgent aim of these guidelines is to support such efforts. [more]
State of Mediterranean Forests 2018 13 December 2017 The State of Mediterranean Forests 2018 analyzes the circum-Mediterranean region, a territoryencompassing thirty-one countries and a wide range of political, economic, social and environmentalcontexts. Today, human activity has placed substantial pressure on this environment, the impact of which is feltdifferently in the northern, southern and eastern sub-regions. [more]
A Great Green Wall of Resilience 20 November 2017 The Great Green Wall for the Saharaand the Sahel Initiative is Africa’s flagship initiative tobuild prosperity and resilience in over 20 countriesaround the Sahara. It was built to combat theeffects of climate change and desertification andaddress food insecurity and poverty. Endorsed bythe African Union in 2007 as a game-changer inAfrica’s drylands, the initiative aims to transformthe lives of millions of people by creating a greatmosaic of green and productive landscapes acrossNorth Africa, Sahel and the Horn. [more]
Action Against Desertification - Expanding Africa’s Great Green Wall 15 November 2017 Desertification and land degradation are very serious challenges. They lead to hunger and poverty, driving unemployment, forced migration and conflict, while amplifying climate risks as drought and floods. But recent successes show that these problems are not insurmountable. Bold action and investments in sustainable land management can boost food security, improve livelihoods and help people adapt to climate change. Action Against Desertification supports local communities, government and civil society of six African countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal – as well as Fiji and Haiti [more]
Dryland Restoration Initiative Platform (DRIP) 16 October 2017 DRIP is an interactive web portal with an online tool to support practitioners, project managers and policy-makers in compiling and analysing data and capturing and sharing lessons learned from restoration initiatives, thus advancing the monitoring and assessment of these initiatives globally. DRIP was developed and tested with the active participation of dryland restoration experts and practitioners worldwide. [more]
Action Against Desertification - Monitoring and Evaluation 20 December 2016 Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) are essential to keep track of the progress made and to measure the bio‑physical and socio‑economic impact of the activities carried out under Action Against Desertification. M&E also helps Action Against Desertification deliver results by making sure that the objectives are clearly defined and achievable, that data collection is well planned and that data are used for decisionmaking and to continuously improve the programme. [more]
Action Against Desertification - Capacity Development 20 December 2016 Capacity development is at the heart of Action Against Desertification’s efforts to combat land degradation, desertification and drought. A capacity development strategy is in place to strengthen the capacities of individuals and organizations in sustainable land management and restoration, and to support the establishment of an enabling policy and legal environment at local, national, and regional level to increase the impact and ensure sustainability of activities carried out under Action Against Desertification. [more]
Action Against Desertification - Land Restoration 20 December 2016 Restoration activities led by FAO and its partners demonstrate that land degradation around the Sahara is not yet irreversible. Action Against Desertification promotes a restoration approach that places communities at the heart of restoration by putting scientific plant expertise at their service and focusing on the needs of communities for useful and native plant species and preferences for restoration in support of their livelihoods, mainly farming and cattle grazing. [more]
Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel initiative 18 December 2016 The African Wall: An African partnership to tackle desertification and land degradation [more]
State of Mediterranean Forests 2013 24 April 2013 Towards sustainable development in the Mediterranean: challenges to face [more]
Unasylva 238 - Measuring forest degradation 20 October 2011 Although it is more complex to define and to measure, forest degradation is a serious problem comparable in dimension to deforestation. It has adverse impacts on the forest ecosystem and on the goods and services it provides. Many of these goods and services are linked to human well-being, and some to the global carbon and water and climate cycles – and thus to life on Earth. [more]

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