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© Anne Mette Lykke
UNDESERT Result In Brief
Combating climate change and desertification in West Africa
The UNDESERT (Understanding and combating desertification to mitigate its impact on ecosystem services) project was established to provide greater insight into desertification and land degradation, and their impacts on ecosystems.
The aim was to combat desertification and land degradation in order to mitigate the impacts on ecosystem services and consequently on human livelihoods. This can set in motion a positive cycle that can contribute to alleviating poverty and generate benefits at the community level in accordance with the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
Researchers took an interdisciplinary approach, using remote sensing data with vegetation, soil and socioeconomic information for application in novel computer modelling techniques. They worked with local stakeholders to assess the impact of desertification and to ensure successful implementation of sustainable management practices. In addition, the consortium developed decision-support tools and best practice guidelines for natural resource managers based on early warning indicators of environmental degradation.