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Drylands & Desertification

Sustainable management of drylands through research, conservation and education

Drylands & Desertification
  • © UNESCO/T. Schaaf

Drylands are particularly vulnerable due to climatic variability and human pressures. Deterioration of soil and plant cover has adversely affected 70% of the world's drylands. Moreover, the countries and people most affected by desertification are often those with the least resources. Yet it is possible to combat desertification by sustainably managing drylands, rehabilitating degraded areas, and by educating youth. The UNESCO-MAB drylands programme promotes:

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Mr Thomas Schaaf
  • Chief, Section of Ecological Sciences and Biodiversity; Dryland management and combating desertification, Mountain research and conservation, Culture-based environmental conservation, Asia-Pacific region

Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD)
  • Start Date: 
  • 14-09-2010 - 
  • End Date: 
  • 14-09-2010

  • 12-11-2007
International UNESCO-MAB workshop "Ensuring the Future of Drylands - Towards Implementing the MAB Agenda for a Sustainable Future of Drylands"
  • 19-06-2007
The "Future of Drylands" Conference
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