Dryland Forestry
In focus

Hidden in plain sight

Trees, forests and land use in drylands
The first global assessment


Drylands are characterized by a scarcity of water, which affects both natural and managed ecosystems and constrains the production of livestock as well as crops, wood, forage and other plants and affects the delivery of environmental services. For millennia, drylands have been shaped by a combination of low precipitation, droughts and heat waves, as well as human activities such as fire use, livestock grazing, the collection of wood and non-wood forest products (NWFPs), and soil cultivation. Dryland soils tend to be vulnerable to wind and water erosion, subject to intensive mineral weathering, and of low fertility (due to the low content of organic matter in the topsoil) [...]


WeCaN - Community of Practice

The WeCaN Nurturing Community of Knowledge Practice for Women in dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems is a platform for women’s empowerment in dryland regions. This platform is a space for women to connect, share best practices and get involved in knowledge sharing events and trainings. []

GEF-7 Sustainable Forest Management Impact Program on Dryland Sustainable Landscapes (DSL-IP)

DSL-IP seeks to avoid, reduce, and reverse further degradation, desertification, and deforestation of land and ecosystems in drylands, through the sustainable management of production landscapes. []

Making Every Voice Count for Adaptive Management (MEVCAM)

MEV-CAM aims to give close and structured attention to document not only in writing but also in a visual medium. Through this process, stakeholder groups at the local, regional, and national levels can gain new insights, learn lessons, and overcome obstacles that can be used to guide dialogue, document knowledge, and influence policy and decision-making processes. []