Nigeria : massive tree planting campaign under its Schools Agricultural Programme (SAP) initiative (Google / The Guardian)

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Govt to tackle desertification via school agric initiative

  • Monday, 14 July 2014 15:28
  • Written by John Okeke, Abuja

To check the rising threat of desertification in parts of the country, the Federal Government is embarking on a massive tree planting campaign under its  Schools Agricultural Programme (SAP) initiative.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Schools Agricultural Programmes (SSAP-SAP), Dr. Baraka Sani, while making the disclosure during a visit to the Minister of Environment in Abuja, the campaign, will see each student planting 10 trees annually.

She added that the pilot stage of the programme would commence in 12 states with each club having a membership of 120 students.

“The programme will focus on food/vegetable production, fisheries and aqua-culture, poultry, nutrition, environmental protection through awareness campaign and tree planting programme and conservation of natural resources, processing and packaging apiarist training for honey production, livestock production and small scale irrigation and entrepreneurial programme for members of the club,” the presidential aide stated.


Posted in afforestation, Desertification

UNCCD : 3rd international scientific conference

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd international scientific conference will be held in Mexico from 9 to 12 March 2015 and address the following issues:

- How to better anticipate and prevent the impact of climate change on desertification and land degradation?

- What are the sustainable and adaptive methods available for using ecosystems to reduce poverty and environmental degradation?

- Which pathways towards a land-degradation neutral world?

Scientists, filed practitioners, policymakers, representative of the civil society… Come and share your question and answers!

The call for abstracts is open until 15 September 2014.

The pre-registration is open until 12 January 2015.

For more information, visit the conference website:

Posted in CST, Desertification, UNCCD

Science-based definition of land degradation neutrality in different areas (China Daily)

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UN official calls for land degradation be stopped

An official from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification has called for “bold and proactive” work in different countries to achieve land degradation neutrality.

Monique Barbut, executive secretary of the UNCCD, said land degradation neutrality is a crucial and viable option to implement and called for identifying the relevant means to achieve such implementation at national levels.

Barbut was giving a speech at the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the follow up to the Rio+20 hosted in Beijing.

As part of implementation of the Rio+20 outcomes, the meeting aims to establish a science-based definition of land degradation neutrality in different areas, develop options relating to different areas that parties might consider should they strive to achieve land degradation neutrality, and advise the Convention on the implications of its current and future strategies, programs and resource requirements.


Posted in Desertification, land / land degradation

Effects of shelter forests and water factors (Google / Springer)

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Causal effects of shelter forests and water factors on desertification control during 2000–2010 at the Horqin Sandy Land region, China

  • Qiaoling Yan,
  • Jiaojun Zhu,
  • Xiao Zheng,
  • Changjie Jin
  • Abstract

    The Horqin Sandy Land (HSL), the largest sandy land in the semi-arid agro-pastoral ecotone of Northeast China, has been subject to desertification during the past century. In response, and to control the desertification, government implemented the Three-North Shelter/Protective Forest Program, world’s largest ecological reforestation/afforestation restoration program. The program began in 1978 and will continue for 75 years until 2050. Understanding the dynamics of desertification and its driving forces is a precondition for controlling desertification. However, there is little evidence to directly link causal effects with desertification process (i.e., on the changing area of sandy land) because desertification is a complex process, that can be affected by vegetation (including vegetation cover and extent of shelter forests) and water factors such as precipitation, surface soil moisture, and evapotranspiration. The objectives of this study were to identify how influencing factors, especially shelter forests, affected desertification in HSL over a recent decade.


Posted in Desertification, Forestry, Water

Sand dams against climate change (Google / Excellent)

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Sand dams against climate change

Climate Change in Africa Will Hit the Poor the Hardest – World Bank

Sand dam, terraces and trees
Sand dams create a buffer against climate change

Climate Change in Africa Will Hit the Poor the Hardest – World Bank

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Sand dams against climate change

Sand dams against climate change
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Desertification and soil (Google/ GEF)

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Global Environment Facility

Save soil, combat desertification


Posted in Desertification

Desertification and farming (Google / Pangea Today)

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Desertification: Irresponsible farming takes its toll

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While Yemen’s ongoing water shortage can be linked to a number of natural causes, including sandstorms and climate change, experts say that Yemenis are destroying their own land and threatening their livelihood and stability.

Around 90 percent of the land in Yemen is at risk of desertification, according to Abdu Madar, the deputy manager of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation’s Desertification Department.

The chief causes for this land degradation include overgrazing, inefficient irrigation systems, the unregulated drilling of private wells in dry areas, and the cultivation of the highly popular narcotic leaf “qat.”


Posted in Agriculture, Desertification