A question about desertification

If the definition of desertification, agreed upon within the UNCCD, is:

“Desertification – Land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities”,

why do we find so many texts with “to fight desertification and land degradation” in the title ?

If “desertification” IS land degradation, why do we have to fight both desertification and land degradation ?

(Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem, Zaffelare, Belgium)


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Willem Van Cotthem

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