200.000 Hits

This posting to announce with pleasure that this blog registered today more than 200.000 hits. It shows the general interest in drought, desertification and poverty problems.  I am proud to see that so many people really appreciate my efforts to collect significant information on these global problems.

Way back in November 2006, I noticed that we all spend a lot of time searching the internet for interesting publications concerning drought and desertification, everyone looking for the same information, spending considerable time to find mostly the same articles, all of us reading these texts to see if their content is important enough, and if it is, to use that info for our own purposes.

There is no general communication whatever between all these people interested in the same topics, so that we all have to start searching and reading the content of the different sites, wasting the same amount of time !

Having a long experience in desertification matters, I started my personal selection of messages on these topics and republishing the texts (some entirely, some partly) on my blog, so that my visitors do not have to switch again to all those websites to look for the entire texts they possibly want to read. My main aim is to reflect the diversity of publications on these topics. From time to time, I am also publishing my own contributions, mostly about my own experience with ways and means to improve plant growth in the drylands with a minimum of water and fertilizer.

Again, this is a question of saving time for my readers. This is not MY BLOG, it is OURS, for I am only the administrator to ease up the work of many colleagues and friends in an efficient way, without any other personal advantage than having the pleasure to serve and to do it the best way I can.

I still hope to find ways and means to improve cooperation and networking between people working for closely related websites. There is still a lot of improvement and collaboration to realize. Let’s do it together, in full respect for the work achieved by all of us, instead of “combating” each other in the battle of worldwide information!  Your personal contributions are most welcome.

Thanks for your support.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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