All about desertification

Source (marked with highlights): GreenFacts

Persistent degradation of dryland ecosystems



– Desertification is the persistent degradation of dryland ecosystems.

It threatens the livelihoods of some of the poorest and most vulnerable populations on the planet. Desertification is largely caused by unsustainable use of scarce resources.

What options exist to avoid or reverse desertification and its negative impacts?


PHOTO above : Kalifa KANTEH (Serekunda, The Gambia) learned in Belgium about container gardening to combat desertification and to alleviate malnutrition and hunger.  In August 2011 he was teaching youngsters of his country on how to grow fresh food in different containers.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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