Actions to Reverse Land Degradation (Google / ISRIA)

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http://www.isria.com/pages/19_September_2011_389.php

UN – General Assembly High-Level Meeting on 20 September Will Focus on Actions to Reverse Increasing Loss of Productive Lands in World’s Dry Regions

Affecting More than 2 Billion People,

Desertification Leads to Poverty, Drought, Famine, Demographic Pressures

The United Nations will convene a High-Level Meeting on Tuesday, 20 September, to focus on actions aimed at protecting drylands, home to 2 billion people, as productive lands in dry regions around the world are increasingly threatened due to poor land-management practices and climate change.

More than 12 million hectares of productive land are lost to desertification every year, the equivalent of losing an area the size of South Africa every decade. While productive land becomes scarcer, providing food for the 9 billion people predicted to be living on the planet by 2050 will require a 70 per cent increase in global food production.

The United Nations High-Level Meeting aims to spur actions to reverse desertification. To develop better policies for sustainable land management with a firmer scientific basis, one of the Meeting’s main discussion points will be the establishment of a global scientific panel to foster stronger connections between the scientific community and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

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About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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