Explanatory digital atlas for combating desertification in India (Google / SCRIBD)

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Maps of India on Desertification


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Reclaiming the Rajasthan desert from Prosopis juliflora (Google / The Guardian)

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Reclaiming the Rajasthan desert from a voracious Mexican plant

in Delhi (The Guardian)

A plan to reintroduce native species battles with a mesquite known as ‘the mad one’ planted by a maharajah in the 1930s

Long after a 19th-century English watercolourist painted the massive outcrop of barren volcanic rocks on which the formidable Jodhpur fort is perched, a modernising maharajah went up in his two-seater Tiger Moth plane to scatter bagfuls of mesquite seed in order to green his desert kingdom in Rajasthan.

The Prosopis juliflora variety of the mesquite that the flying maharajah planted in the 1930s not only lay siege to his fort, described by Rudyard Kipling as “the work of angels, fairies and giants”, but eventually took over large stretches of the Thar desert.

The thorny, leguminous mesquite can grow to be either shrub or tree, and was imported by the colonial British to afforest the desert wastelands of western India. It is hardy, drought-resistant and originally from Mexico. Today it dominates over half a million hectares across the country’s arid zones, and has been at the centre of debates over the ecological, social and economic impact of introducing exotic species into India.


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The transformative ability to restore degraded land to productive use (Google / Eco-Business)

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It’s time for a global landscape restoration revolution

Restoring degraded land could be the solution to global deforestation, desertification and food scarcity. Strong governance is needed to overcome the legal and financial obstacles to this, say Andrew Steer and Monique Barbut.

The solution to the very visible global problems of deforestation, desertification and food scarcity may be hiding in plain sight: the transformative ability to restore degraded land to productive use.

This is a resource opportunity of unprecedented magnitude. Two billion hectares—an area twice the size of Europe—of degraded land are ripe for landscape restoration. The expected rise in world population to 9 billion by 2050, and the need for a 70 percent increase in food production from 2006 levels, makes the need for a solution particularly urgent. This challenge will be even more difficult in the face of a changing climate.

Restoring these degraded lands would also be a huge blessing to millions of small farmers who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods—and it offers the additional benefit of mitigating climate change while helping farmers adapt to it. Restoring 150 million hectares would yield $84 billion in annualized net present value and would sequester approximately 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide equivalent annually.

What is required now is the political momentum to do so.


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Measures to safeguard soil resources (Land Policy and Practices – IISD)

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Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action

The second session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has endorsed a number of measures to safeguard soil resources, including four Plans of Action, a global soil information system, a capacity development program, and a report on world soil resources. Recommendations of the Plans of Action include strong government regulations and investments for sustainable management of soils that contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and poverty.

The GSP Plenary Assembly, held in Rome, Italy, from 22-24 July, which included participation by both government and non-government stakeholders, endorsed Plans of Action for four GSP Pillars, namely: promoting sustainable management of soil resources; encouraging investment, technical cooperation, policy, education, awareness and extension in soils; enhancing the quantity and quality of soil data and information; and supporting the harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for sustainable soil management.

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Desertification : National reports for the 5th reporting and review cycle (Land Policy and Practice – IISD)

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UNCCD Updates on 5th National Reporting Cycle, CSO Panel Releases First Newsletter

The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has reported that, with ten days to go before the deadline for submission of national reports, 31% of all national reports have been submitted and over 50% are expected soon. National reports for the 5th reporting and review cycle are due on 31 July 2014.

In related UNCCD news, the Scientific Knowledge Brokering Portal (SKBP) Knowledge Base interactive map is being updated to provide an overview of knowledge bases and websites as reported by country Parties in their national reports. Currently, there are maps to classify the knowledge bases in two ways. The ‘Country Coverage’ map shows users how to find knowledge bases that contain information about practices in a specific country. The ‘Managing Site Owners’ map shows users where to find knowledge bases according to the location of their respective managing site owners or organizations. The maps include short descriptions of the knowledge bases and the number of languages under which the sites are made available.


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Dynamics of desertification over the past 10 years (Google / Science Index)

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The farming-pastoral region of North China is a region that has suffered from serious desertification, and the multiple transitional characteristics in this region make it very difficult to link the progress of desertification to the driving forces behind it. This paper mainly focuses on the dynamics of desertification over the past 10years and their relationship to climate change and human activity. According to the MODIS images in 2000 and 2010, the farming-pastoral region had experienced significant desertification dynamics over the past 10years. The area of regions that had undergone desertification reversion and expansion were 186,240km2 and 199,525km2 respectively, and the spatial distribution of these regions showed great heterogeneity. The relationship between desertification dynamics and their driving forces was investigated by comparing the change in the NPP that was induced by climate change and human activity for each pixel that experienced desertification reversion and expansion.
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Gamifying The Desert (Google / True Life Game)

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Desertification – Gamifying The Desert

The game of countering desertification

Some time ago we were contacted by Andreas Buechel and he shared with us some of his creative ideas. This week’s post will be about one of his ideas, a gamified experience to counter desertification.

First of all let’s define what desertification is. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica :


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