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Recommendation VIII/4

Dry and sub-humid lands biodiversity: matters requested by the Conference of the Parties in paragraphs 5 and 6 of its decision V/23 and decision VI/4

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FROM THE FIELD: Restoring life to Ghana’s land

Subsistence farmers in Ghana are learning how to hold back the decline in the fertility of the smallholdings they cultivate while revitalizing their soils as desertification increasingly threatens their land and livelihoods.

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Feral horses, donkeys dig desert holes to hydrate biodiversity

When it comes to finding water and staying hydrated in desert environments, animals will take all the help they can get. This includes from other wildlife, even ones that pose threats to natural ecosystems.


First International Congress in Dry Forest

6 - 9 November 2003, Piura, Peru

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Food From Thought

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 2 2019 (IPS) - As the weather continues to change and land becomes degraded, the socio-economic security implications are vast. In an effort to tackle these issues, climate-smart agriculture is quickly gaining traction around the world.

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Get Africa’s Great Green Wall back on track

A plan to green 7,000 kilometres of Africa’s drylands is struggling to take off. Researchers must help.


Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly (FAO)

12 - 14 July 2023, Rome, Italy


Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (FAO)

1 - 3 June 2020, Rome, Italy


Global Symposium on Soil and Water (FAO)

31 May - 2 June 2023, Rome, Italy


Recommendation XII/6

Guidance on strengthening the assessment of the 2010 biodiversity target in dry and sub-humid lands and proposals for land-use options that promote biodiversity and generate income for indigenous and local communities

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Heat stress is causing desert bird populations to collapse

As the Mojave Desert in California and Nevada becomes hotter and drier, birds need more water to stay cool.


High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought

9 June 2020, New York, United States of America


High-level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought

20 May 2021, New York, United States of America

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How plants survive in one of the driest places on Earth, and what they can tell us about climate change

The coastal region of the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile is one of the driest places on Earth. Less than a millimeter of rain falls there per year on average.

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Human-made deserts are drying up our planet

A third of the earth’s landmass is covered by deserts. But the exploitation and deforestation of our land is destroying vast stretches of fertile soil, leading to further desertification.

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Humanity’s challenge of the century: Conserving Earth’s freshwater systems

On April 11, 2020, a band of fighters stormed and seized a water control station in the Libyan Sahara. Taking employees prisoner, they occupied a key nexus that helps move 1.2 million cubic meters (317 million gallons) of water per day — 480 Olympic-sized swimming pools — from freshwater aquifer ...

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In dry and sub-humid lands, stronger institutions needed to protect biodiversity

Montreal 25 November 2005 – The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity will hold its eleventh meeting from 28 November to 2 December 2005 in Montreal. Representatives of 187 governments and the European Community will ...

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India pledges to restore 50 lakh hectares of degraded land by 2030: Environment Minister

Minister says India will take the lead to combat desertification

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India promotes South-South cooperation, but key questions unaddressed

As the second week of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conference of Parties (COP) kicked off in Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted South-South cooperation and issues of land degradation.

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India to set voluntary target to combat land degradation

"Nearly 30% of land is degraded and we are committed to address this challenge"


International Conference on Desertification, Hunger and Poverty

11 - 12 April 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

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Invitation for Proposals - The Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems snd Climate Change Pavilion: Promoting synergies between biodiversity, land management and climate change, to be held at the CBD COP 10 and the UNFCCC COP 16

Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/AW/71840 (2010-101)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and International Organizations

The secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with the secretariats of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will convene the Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Clima ...

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Looking to the Land in the Climate Change Race

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 2019 (IPS) - The international community still has a long way to go to chart a new, sustainable course for humanity. But the upcoming climate change meetings provide a renewed opportunity to tackle climate change head on.


Message from Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, 26 December, 2006

It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations to you and your staff, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), for the many achievements of the past 10 years. The successful world wide celebra ...

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