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U.N. bodies, Chinese foundation to tackle desertification and green opportunities
Two United Nations bodies have partnered with the Beijing-based Elion Foundation to tackle the issue of desertification, and to harness the economic potential of drylands through renewable energy, desert tourism, and other sustainable projects.
The United Nations Environment Program, U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, and the non-profit organization Elion Foundation have signed a Memoranda of Understanding that aim to improve the management of dryland ecosystems. The partnership was announced at the Kubuqi International Desert Forum, an international forum dedicated to supporting the green development of the world’s deserts.
Particularly focusing on China, Mongolia, and other countries in Central Asia, the collaboration will support pilot projects, such as ecosystem services projects, investments in initiatives, and to improve the sharing of knowledge, technology, and data on desertification between the developing countries.