Share your drylands restoration success stories on the World Day to Combat Desertification
June 18, 2018, Rome — On World Day to Combat Desertification, FAO will begin testing its new, interactive Drylands Restoration Initiatives Platform (DRIP) that aims to capture, evaluate and share knowledge and lessons learned about dryland restoration.
Drylands cover 41 percent of the earth’s land surface and are home to two billion people, but dryland degradation can lead to desertification, biodiversity loss, poverty, and food insecurity. DRIP hopes to inspire governments, local communities, NGOs, and the scientific and research community to replicate and scale up successful dryland sustainable management efforts already underway.
Why is drylands restoration important?
Dryland forests and trees play a vital role in preventing soil erosion and desertification, supporting livelihoods, contributing to poverty reduction, and mitigating climate change. These systems help support the millions of people who live in the world’s dry areas and contribute to FAO’s mandate of achieving food security and Agenda 2030. Yet, demands on dryland forests and trees are rising, leading to land degradation and desertification.
It is estimated that, on average, the benefits of restoration are 10 times higher than the costs, and many successful restoration examples can be found in ecosystems worldwide, and, in particular, in drylands.
What is DRIP and who should use it?
DRIP is an interactive web portal that hosts an online tool to capture information from users via an easy-to-understand questionnaire that can be completed in a few minutes. According to FAO’s Senior Forestry Officer, Nora Berrahmouni, “The platform will support practitioners, project managers, and policy-makers in collecting and analysing data; capturing and sharing lessons learned from restoration initiatives; and tracking progress in implementation and impacts of restoration initiatives at national, regional and global levels”.
“The initiative also aims to advance action in global and regional restoration commitments such as the Bonn Challenge, the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR 100) and Africa’s Great Green Wall”, added Berrahmouni. DRIP is the result of collaborative work by a range of dryland restoration experts, and developed with the support from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat and the European Union.