Save water with drought-tolerant plants (Google / San Jose Mercury News)

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Planting the seeds of drought-tolerant knowledge: Community gardens in Alameda, Contra Costa counties showcase water-saving plants

By Beth Jensen, Correspondent

As area lawns brown and lush plantings wither, resourceful gardeners everywhere are beginning to embrace a new normal and looking for ideas to create the next generation of water-wise California gardens.

Coming to the rescue are a handful of community demonstration gardens staffed by master gardeners and dedicated to the proposition that a drought-tolerant landscape can be not only beautiful but cheaper to maintain and easier to manage.

 In Contra Costa County, master gardener Monika Olsen of Concord heads up the Pleasant Hill Instructional Garden. A teacher with Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Adult Education program, Olsen’s students conceived the garden, which was then developed through a combined effort that included the city, school district, Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club, Master Gardeners, and community members.

“Our goal is to connect the garden with nearby trails,” Olsen said. “It’s designed to be a living laboratory for students; they come out and learn about sustainability. . . the neighbors just walk daily through the garden; there’s quite a bit of foot traffic.

“I understand we’ve been a model for a lot of other gardens in the community,” she added.


Posted in Desertification, drought tolerant plants

Desertland II (DNI)

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DesertLand II: 16-17 June 2015, Ghent, Belgium

We are glad to announce that the registrations for the DesertLand II conference are now open! Visit our registration page and sign up for this unique conference.

25 people have sent us an intention to participate in the past month, so we came up with the following registration fees. Compared to the 2013 edition, prices are very comparable, and we’re off course very happy with this. All prices include VAT.

before March 31st from April 1st
2-day ticket
Students € 220 € 275
Academia € 300 € 375
Industry € 400 € 500
Day ticket
Students € 175
Academia € 250
Regular fee € 300


As you surely know, the conference brings together research institutions, NGO’s and corporations that help cope with the problems of Desertification and Land Degradation. DesertLand II offers a unique opportunity to find out how projects of the past have made a difference and how the future problems should be tackled.

…And your company or institution can become a prime partner in this unequaled conference! If you sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor, you’ll help us organize a succesful conference with a high degree of satisfaction. Not only that, but you’ll meet an audience from all corners of the world, receive widespread exposure before and during the conference and you’ll display your product or projects to academic, governmental & industrial experts.

You can find all sponsoring opportunities on our website, and for your convenience we would like to highlight some nice options:

  • Become a Gold Sponsor for € 3.500, excl. VAT to have full visibility and participation at the conference (with 4 entrance tickets included!)
  • The best way to have your conference ticket combined with the opportunity to present your company, NGO or research is with an exhibitor booth for € 1.000, excl. VAT

Please note that included in these packages you are allowed to buy additional tickets at partner rate (= 30% discount, ideal for people coming in small groups).
We propose several packages in order to make sure that any company or organization should find a suitable option! Interested in a sponsorship package? Want to purchase an add-on seperately? Don’t see the combination that you want? Feel free to contact us with any questions on sponsorship at

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Donald Gabriels Sven Meirezonne
Professor Emeritus UGent Conference Organisation
Posted in Desertification

Dryland farmers like Opuntia and other drought-tolerant fodder plants (Google / New Era)

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Production of pear cladode stirs the interests of farmers

The spineless prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica var. inermis), a very promising plant to feed animals in the drylands and to combat desertification (Photo New Era).

The spineless prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica var. inermis), a very promising plant to feed animals in the drylands, to combat desertification and to produce fruits that can be marketed (Photo New Era).

WINDHOEK – Namibian Farmers have responded in big numbers to last week’s article in Farmers’ Forum on cactus (prickly) pear cladode production as a good enterprise for farmers in semi-arid and arid parts of South Africa and especially Namibia.

It has, once again, raised the issue of how to produce extra fodder and the prickly pear is highly sought- after as animal feed. One of the country’s foremost experts on the topic is independent consultant, Dr Axel Rothauge, who says in the drier southern, western and north-western parts of Namibia, the best option for extra fodder is to establish plantations of drought-tolerant fodder shrubs such as the well-known exotic oldman saltbush (Atriplex nummularia), Australian bluebush (Kochia brevifolia), spineless cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica, and Mexican aloe (Agave mexicana).

He says the spineless cactus also produces a delicious fruit, which can be sold for a cash income that more than pays for the establishment of the plantation. “If you think big, cactus pear can even be exported. Spineless cactus used to be a common drought fodder grown on huge plantations in southern Namibia, but its popularity has waned recently as 15 years of good rains lulled us to sleep,” he is quoted. Dr Axel Rothauge says several indigenous shrubs with fodder production potential can be tried out as well like the Salvadora persica or mustard bush, which is a slow-growing but highly palatable shrub that prefers to grow in loamy soils and on river banks. It is one of the principal fodder species of the Topnaar’s goats along the Kuiseb River and used to grow all over the many small streams and rivulets that criss-cross southern, western and north-western Namibia.


Posted in Desertification, fodder, fruit, Opuntia ficus-indica, prickly pear

Slide presentation on desertification (Google / Emaze)

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Deforestation and desertification

Posted in deforestation, Desertification

Great Green Wall in Nigeria (Google / The Guardian)

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Govt provides N16b for desertification, others

Written by Nkechi Onyedika, Abuja

President to officially kick off programme next Tuesday

THE Federal Government has made available about N16 billion for the implementation of Great Green Wall (GGW) programme aimed at checking desertification in northern parts of the country, increasing the nation’s forest cover, improving the livelihood of rural communities in the affected areas as well as contributing to global action against climate change.

  Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan would on Tuesday next week flag off the implementation of the programme in Bachaka Village in Arewa Local Council of Kebbi State.

  Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam, who disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja, said that the GGW programme is a three-year project which started in 2013, adding that President Jonathan has provided funds for the programme up to 2015 frame-work to the tune of about N16 billion.


Posted in Desertification, Great Green Wall (GGW)

Trees…the new currency ? (WeForest)

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Trees…the new currency ?

What if next time you bought a lunch, chose a new energy supplier, rented a car or booked a hotel room you got a message on your smartphone asking you where a tree should be planted? Wouldn’t that be cool? And if you then received an electronic tree certificate for you to share with your network? Joining a global frequent tree planter movement …Well it’s already happening.

Trees are the new currency for brands to directly engage with their customers in the fight to preserve and protect our planet.

Posted in Forestry, Trees

Harmonization and implementation of national plans to combat desertification in Kuwait (Google / UNDPI / Kuwait Times)

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EPA organizes workshop on combating desertification

KUWAIT: The Environment Public Authority (EPA) organized a workshop yesterday on harmonization and implementation of national plans to combat desertification with the strategic plan of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Kuwait. The workshop aims to assess the state of desertification in Kuwait and constraints of capacity building for the pursuit of harmonization of national strategy. In his opening speech, EPA Deputy Director Mohammad Al-Enezi said that the workshop discussed a number of workable visions and ideas to achieve sustainable development in GCC states.

The EPA is currently preparing a strategy and national action programs to combat desertification. Law No. 42 of 2014 was recently issued concerning the protection of the environment, and the most important statement in this law is to activate the environment police that will deal with environmental violations and reduce the destruction of vegetation and overgrazing in Kuwait. Enezi noted that Kuwait will apply the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the GCC states have to cooperate to combat this phenomenon that represents a real threat. “The EPA can play a significant role in combating such a disturbing phenomenon,” he added.

Weather expert Essa Ramadan told Kuwait Times that “as members of the Committee to Combat Desertification, we want to stimulate civil society, specialists and institutions in the development of their goals, and everyone involved in the desert environment, where a severe drought hit the area recently.” “We know that urbanization is a must, but we have to preserve the wilderness and desert environment, where we are facing a scarcity of rain, which decreased from 125 mm to 110 mm.

We will start our strategy in February 2015 to 2018, and will be forming more reserves and green spaces to ease the sandstorms and sand encroachment that will contribute to changing the environment in general and increase the proportion of oxygen and soothing the atmosphere and reduce the difference in temperature of 3 to 6 degrees Celsius.


Posted in Desertification, UNCCD