Desertification in Italy and in the World

 

Global Drought, land degradation and desertification

On August, 26th, in the Italian pavillion at Expo 2015, the CNR (The National Research Council ) in partnership with ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), ISPRA (The Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) and CREA (Council for Research in Agriculture and Analysis of Agrarian Economics) is going to present the conference on “Dryness, Decline of the Territory and Desertification in Italy and in the World”.
Scientists, politicians and representatives of the civil society will explain the major risks for the man and the environment in these years of relevant climate change.Combating desertification is becoming one of the major questions facing society today. Isolated interventions are often ineffective and sometimes dangerous; because the combination of natural and anthropogenic (political, social, and economic) factors causing desertification vary over space and time, and may be amplified by global warming. To restore the sustainability of degraded dryland ecosystem services, a systemic approach is required at both the local and global levels.
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Willem Van Cotthem

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