Global attention to the value of drylands (IUCN / UNCCD)

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Action Plan to boost visibility of the world’s drylands

Caux, Switzerland. The heads of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today signed an agreement aimed at drawing global attention to the value of drylands and their threatened status as ecosystems.

UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja and IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre signed the Joint Plan of Action at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security taking place in Caux, Switzerland.

“Drylands are invaluable ecosystems but their future sustainability is threatened by desertification, climate change and other human activities. The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, for instance, will provide the international community with a valuable tool to signal growing threats to drylands,” said Gnacadja.

“IUCN is, and has been, a key player in forests and landscape restoration. This is crucial in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought. Partnership with IUCN in this area will enable the UNCCD to scale up land restoration in the drylands and others areas affected by land degradation, and advance and accelerate the shift to a land-degradation neutral world,” he added.

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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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