Interesting plant for smallholder farmers in the drylands (You Tube)

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Spineless Opuntia to combat desertification 

This spineless, edible cactus is a very interesting plant for smallholder farmers in the drylands.  Easy to grow from vegetative paddles, growing with a minimum of water in dry areas.  Can be used to combat desertification, to limit erosion.  A nice food crop (paddles, fruits) and fodder plant for livestock.

See its manifold uses and benefits  (food, phytochemicals and fold medicine, intoxicant, dye production, earthen walls, water treatment)  at :

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How to reverse progressing desertification (Google / #SurvivalOrganicSeeds SOS™)

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Surviving desertification

Can we undo the damage done to our ecosystem globally? Can we stop the excess of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere? This documentary shows how communities in different parts of the world work to reverse progressing desertification. China, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Jordan, Bolivia… John D. Liu documents their efforts and engages in propagation and promotion of sustainability. This is truly a thought provoking picture. -

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Posted in Desertification, ecosystems, Sustainability

Gender and desertification (Google / UGent)

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Gender and desertification: what role for international law and policy?

Nicky Broeckhoven UGent

(2014) Conference of the U4 cluster Social sciences, economics and law, Proceedings.

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Demonstrating how we can reintroduce renewable resources (Google / The National UAE)

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The house in Al Ain that history is building


To passers-by, the curious structures that have started to appear on a patch of waste ground in downtown Al Ain are something of a mystery.

Handmade by a team of master craftsmen from the historic environment department at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), the dome-like structures consist of arches built from bundles of palm fronds neatly bound together with rope.

At first sight, the structure looks like it might be a new extension of the small heritage village that greets visitors to the neighbouring Al Ain National Museum, just a few metres away on the far side of the Eastern Fort.

But appearances are deceptive. Rather than a reconstruction of Al Ain’s past, the domes, or gridshells as they are known, look to a future where millennia-old skills and construction techniques are fused with modern engineering to create what could be one of the UAE’s most innovative architectural and humanitarian exports.

“We want to demonstrate how we can reintroduce renewable resources – date palm leaves in this case – back into the mainstream construction industry,” explains Sandra Piesik, the UK-based architect who is the driving force behind the Food Shelter.


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Soils – UN Challenge Badge (Google / FAO / Yunga)

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This booklet is intended as a guide for teachers and youth leaders.
These individuals are responsible for the development of programmes and
activities which are suitable for their group and provide the required supervision
and safety precautions to ensure all participants are safe and sound.

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How to access knowledge on desertification through a central platform ? (Google / Digital Journal)

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Search Technologies Assists the United Nations in Building a New Scientific Portal

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Search Technologies, the leading IT services firm specializing in the design and implementation of enterprise search and search-enabled big data applications, announced today that it has been working with the Bonn-based United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification since January 2014, to build a new public portal.

There are many sustainable land management practices available at the international and regional levels. However, there are still limited mechanisms made available to enable people to access this knowledge through a central platform.

The Scientific Knowledge Brokering Portal (SKBP) Pilot, “the Pilot,” will bridge existing knowledge repositories on land degradation, and create a shared resource to promote positive sustainable land management practices. The Pilot will provides access to six databases, both from within the UN and from other authoritative sources on desertification and land degradation neutrality.

Longer term, it is expected to index content from many other databases. The Pilot will be presented at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s biannual conference, known as the Conference of the Parties (COP) in fall 2015. At the COP, country delegates representing 195 countries will convene to make many decisions, including a decision as to how the Pilot will be further developed.

Rita M. Benitez, Knowledge Management Officer at the UNCCD says, “Search plays a pivotal role in ensuring that scientific knowledge and best practices are easily shared. Delivering relevant search results, while providing search navigation options related to geography, language, and causes of land degradation, are key focus points for our project.”


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To launch a green revolution by planting a tree in The Gambia (allAfrica)

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Gambia: A Great Concern

14 OCTOBER 2014


The Gambia as we all know is a Sahelian country; this implies that the country lies within the sub-tropical savanna belt and prone to desertification. The encroaching desert would have the better of our land if adequate attention is not given to the environment. It is however unfortunate that despite this reality, some damage is still being done to our environment. We therefore deem it prudent to once more call on all stakeholders to intensify efforts to protect our environment.

The reality is that many species of plants and animals are already extinct, while some animals are in danger of extinction due to loss of habitat. There is also the loss of essential medicinal herbs. Furthermore and very importantly, the degradation of the forest results to the decrease in the amount of rainfall we receive. Rainfall is the only way of replenishing our natural water resources, and trees determine the rainfall in a particular region. If they no longer exist, drought sets in, bringing with it its own set of problems. In fact, we should pay greater attention to this reality as our country is agriculture-dependent and lies in the Sahel region.

Conservation and protection of our environment should therefore be the concern of all. We urge every citizen of this country to launch a green revolution by planting a tree so that we can collectively save the country from the double menace of deforestation and desertification.This is fundamental because the role of trees in making this planet a safe and better place fit for human habitation cannot be overemphasised.


Posted in afforestation, Desertification, reforestation