Fresh support for projects tackling desertification in Asia (Environmrntal Expert / UNEP)

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UN and partners renew efforts to support green economy projects in deserts and drylands

Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Following a major meeting on drylands held in China’s Kubuqi desert, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced fresh support for projects tackling desertification in Asia.

Tackling desertification and harnessing the economic opportunities from renewable energy, desert tourism and other sustainable development projects in drylands are the focus of new agreements signed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners in China.

Renewed collaboration between UNEP, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Beijing-based Elion Foundation was announced at the conclusion of the Kubuqi International Desert Forum – the only international forum dedicated to supporting the green development of the world’s deserts, held in Inner Mongolia.

The Elion Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports desertification control, local community development and education in the Kubuqi region (China’s seventh largest desert) and beyond.

UNEP and the UNCCD both signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Foundation that aim to improve the management of dryland ecosystems.



Anywhere on this planet, the beauty of plants and animals is food for the soul.

Therefore, from time to time, I post pictures of plants and animals in my own garden and house.

I like to share these with my readers, even if there is no direct link to the blog’s main theme.

A splendid lily (Photo WVC)
A splendid lily (Photo WVC)

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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