A new method to combat desertification (Willem Van Cotthem)

Read at : Slideshare

http://www.slideshare.net/willemvancotthem/bottle-reforestation-a-new-method-to-combat-desertification

BOTTLE REFORESTATION

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Reforestation with TerraCottem in Burkina Faso (Willem Van Cotthem)

BOIS DE L’AMITIE (Friendship Wood) : A PROJECT OF THE COMMITTEE MAASTRICHT-NIOU (1988)

In July-August 1988 the Committee Maastricht-Niou launched a reforestation project on lateritic soil in Niou (Province Kourweogo, Burkina Faso).

In order to save watering of the planted saplings and to enhance the survival rate of the trees, the soil conditioner TerraCottem (see http://www.terracottem.com) was applied to the plant pits.

Amazing results were booked.

Ten years later, and without any supplementary irrigation, a splendid young wood could be seen.

1998-12 : The young Friendship Wood (Bois de l'Amitié) in Niou, 10 years after planting.  A remarkable result for a reforestation project in the Sahel. (Photo WVC)

1998-12 : The young Friendship Wood (Bois de l’Amitié) in Niou, 10 years after planting. A remarkable result for a reforestation project in the Sahel. (Photo WVC)

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TerraCottem in Burkina Faso 1997 (Willem Van Cotthem)

SOIL CONDITIONING IN A COMMUNITY GARDEN IN NIOU (BURKINA FASO)

By Willem Van Cotthem (Zaffelare, Belgium)

Thanks to a very efficient cooperation between the Committee Maastricht-Niou and our TC-DIALOGUE Foundation (Belgium) a community garden for the women of the Niou village (Province Kourweogo, Burkina Faso) was treated with the soil conditioner TerraCottem (see http://www.terracottem.com).

In July 1997 I had the pleasure of introducing this soil conditioner to the local women and some young boys, helping their mothers with the production of vegetables.

The effect of TerraCottem on vegetable production is still registered today (less watering, higher production).

1997-07 : Capacity building of local people in Niou (Photo WVC)

1997-07 : Capacity building of local people in Niou (Photo WVC)

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A SCHOOL GARDEN IN THE DESERT (Willem Van Cotthem)

SCHOOL GARDEN IN A REFUGEE CAMP IN THE SAHARA

By Willem Van Cotthem (Zaffelare, Belgium)

Thanks to a UNICEF project 2005-2007 (Family gardens in the Saharawis refugee camps in W. Algeria) we had an opportunity of installing a school garden in one of the refugee camps near Tindouf (W. Algeria).

The local authorities have been informed about the possible application of container gardening techniques, the use of drought-tolerant species like Opuntia ficus-indica var. inermis and the advantages of the “SEEDS FOR FOOD”-project.

Introduction of container gardening techniques to local authorities in a refugee camp near Tindouf (Photo WVC)

Introduction of container gardening techniques to local authorities in a refugee camp near Tindouf (Photo WVC)

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Combating China’s growing deserts by planting a vast barrier of a million trees (Google / You Tube)

Read at : Google Alerts – desertification

http://youtu.be/2tvJ8dJxKns

At the desert’s edge

In China, expanding deserts are taking a heavy toll on the lives and livelihoods of many in the world’s most populous nation. In Kulun Qi, a dry area in northeastern Inner Mongolia, attempts have been made to stop, and maybe even reverse, the danger. At the Desert’s Edge documents the trials and tentative successes of a collaborative effort between locals, governmental initiatives and NGOs fighting to combat China’s growing deserts by planting a vast barrier of a million trees.

A video by Kit Gillet (Romania)

Posted in afforestation, Desertification

Areas at climatological risk of desertification (Google / Joint Research Centre)

Read at : Google Alerts – desertification

http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/111111111/32729

Towards identifying areas at climatological risk of desertification using the Köppen–Geiger classification and FAO aridity index

AUTHORS :

SPINONI,JONATHAN
NAUMANN,GUSTAVO
CARRÃO Hugo
BARBOSAFERREIRA,Paulo
VOGT Juergen

Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY
Publisher: WILEY-BLACKWELL
Publication Year: 2014
JRC Publication N°: JRC83589
ISSN: 0899-8418
URI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.4124/abstract
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/111111111/32729
DOI: 10.1002/joc.4124
Type: Articles in Journals
Appears in Collections: Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Posted in Desertification

Five year implementation of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (Google / UNCCD)

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http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlightdetail.aspx?HighlightID=326

Secretary General Releases the Report on the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification

The Secretary General has published his report of the five year implementation of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification.  The report will be presented to the 69th Session for the General Assembly on Thursday, 16 October 2014, by Ms Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Titled, Implementation of the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, (document A/69/311), the report is available in the six official languages of the UN.

The report highlights the activities undertaken by the secretariat of the UNCCD. It also presents the plans and activities to advance the Decade undertaken by States parties and observers to the Convention and through collaboration and partnership by UN entities.

It provides a summary of the awareness raising and advocacy initiatives undertaken and observances held at global and regional levels, on the margins of major conferences and events or jointly with other Decades and as special initiatives as well as the support provided for the celebrations and observances for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

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