Combating China’s growing deserts by planting a vast barrier of a million trees (Google / You Tube)

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http://youtu.be/2tvJ8dJxKns

At the desert’s edge

In China, expanding deserts are taking a heavy toll on the lives and livelihoods of many in the world’s most populous nation. In Kulun Qi, a dry area in northeastern Inner Mongolia, attempts have been made to stop, and maybe even reverse, the danger. At the Desert’s Edge documents the trials and tentative successes of a collaborative effort between locals, governmental initiatives and NGOs fighting to combat China’s growing deserts by planting a vast barrier of a million trees.

A video by Kit Gillet (Romania)

Posted in afforestation, Desertification

Areas at climatological risk of desertification (Google / Joint Research Centre)

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http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/111111111/32729

Towards identifying areas at climatological risk of desertification using the Köppen–Geiger classification and FAO aridity index

AUTHORS :

SPINONI,JONATHAN
NAUMANN,GUSTAVO
CARRÃO Hugo
BARBOSAFERREIRA,Paulo
VOGT Juergen

Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY
Publisher: WILEY-BLACKWELL
Publication Year: 2014
JRC Publication N°: JRC83589
ISSN: 0899-8418
URI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.4124/abstract
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/111111111/32729
DOI: 10.1002/joc.4124
Type: Articles in Journals
Appears in Collections: Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Posted in Desertification

Five year implementation of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (Google / UNCCD)

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http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlightdetail.aspx?HighlightID=326

Secretary General Releases the Report on the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification

The Secretary General has published his report of the five year implementation of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification.  The report will be presented to the 69th Session for the General Assembly on Thursday, 16 October 2014, by Ms Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Titled, Implementation of the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, (document A/69/311), the report is available in the six official languages of the UN.

The report highlights the activities undertaken by the secretariat of the UNCCD. It also presents the plans and activities to advance the Decade undertaken by States parties and observers to the Convention and through collaboration and partnership by UN entities.

It provides a summary of the awareness raising and advocacy initiatives undertaken and observances held at global and regional levels, on the margins of major conferences and events or jointly with other Decades and as special initiatives as well as the support provided for the celebrations and observances for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

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Posted in desert/desert gardening, Desertification

Desertification by deposition of sand by irrigation canal (Google / Youth and Biodiversity)

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http://biodiversityyouth.blogspot.be/2014/09/desertification-of-arable-land-nepal.html

DESERTIFICATION OF ARABLE LAND- NEPAL

Deposition of sand by irrigation canal made in Triyuga River has caused desertification of hundreds of hectares of arable land in Udaypur district, eastern Nepal which is considered to be rich in biological diversity and agricultural productivity. Lack of appropriate gate on the river canal is considered to be the main cause of such deposition which has resulted due to the ignorance of concerned officials. This desertification has also displaced 168 households in the area.

September 9

http://www.karobardaily.com/nepali/news/2014/09/1410252750

Posted by Mr. L.

Posted in Desertification, sand fixation, sedimentation

Desertification and Sandification in China (Google / Document Cloud)

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https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1237947-state-forestry-administration-desertification.html

A Bulletin of Status Quo of Desertification and Sandification in China

State Forestry Admin. P.R. China 2011

Posted in Desertification, sand fixation

805 million people still go hungry (IPS)

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http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/09/the-good-and-the-bad-news-on-world-hunger/

The Good – and the Bad – News on World Hunger

By Phil Harris

The number of hungry people in the world has declined by over 100 million in the last decade and over 200 million since 1990-92, but 805 million people around the world still go hungry every day, according to the latest UN estimates.

Presenting their annual joint report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), international Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) said that while the latest hunger figures indicate that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is within reach, this will only be possible “if appropriate and immediate efforts are stepped up.”

These efforts include the necessary “political commitment … well informed by sound understanding of national challenges, relevant policy options, broad participation and lessons from other experiences.”

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Posted in food / food security, hunger / famine

The greatest progress towards improving food security (IPS)

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http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/09/worlds-most-unequal-region-sets-example-in-fight-against-hunger/

World’s Most Unequal Region Sets Example in Fight Against Hunger

By Marianela Jarroud

Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.

However, social and geographic inequalities persist in the region, and rural women and indigenous people continue to face high rates of food insecurity and poverty, says the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report, which underscores Brazil and Bolivia’s anti-hunger policies as successful strategies.

“These policies have had a general impact and all groups have benefited, but there are segments that need greater specificity when it comes to policy design,” said Raúl Benítez, regional representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), at the regional office based in Santiago.

“There are sectors that need more focalised and tailored policies,” he added in an interview with IPS. “This is like going over it with a fine-tooth comb, but there are things that need an even finer-toothed comb.”

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Posted in food / food security, hunger / famine