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The new World Atlas of Desertification builds on recent scientific advancements, and aims to be a pragmatic exercise and example of the implementation of up-to-date concepts of land degradation.
Human activities, especially the conversion and degradation of natural habitats, are causing global biodiversity declines with accelerated species losses on the scale of the five mass extinctions in the geological record.
Over coming years, migration flows related to climate change are expected to increase, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. Apart from climate change, land degradation, in the form of loss of nutrients, soil erosion, pollution and salinisation can also drive changes that lead to migration.…
The ELD initiative should continue assisting companies to assess land degradation risks to their business, the primary targets being businesses in direct contact with land. For that purpose, and as first steps, we recommend awareness raising and the development of a toolkit integrating land degradat…
Land, water, and people; it is the most basic and traditional of relationships, yet today the relationship has become so complex that we find ourselves ill-equipped to understand all of its interconnections and to plan a future that is sustainable.
By providing access to a large amount of information and data in one centralized location, REsource aims to improve decision-making, increase awareness and investor confidence, and accelerate the overall deployment of renewable energy technologies worldwide.
The overall objective of this paper is to explore the potential pathways linking climate change, migration and increased risk of conflict.
The overall objective of this paper is to explore the potential pathways linking climate change, migration and increased risk of conflict.
ZEF Discussion paper on “Biomass Productivity-Based Mapping of Global Land Degradation Hotspots. Using global level remotely sensed vegetation index data, the hotspots of land degradation in the world across major land cover types are identified. The findings show that land degradation hotpots cover…
Global Environmental Problems as a Risk to Security. Hot off the press and the nexus between climate change, land degradation, food insecurity, land grab and security. This study analyses the impact of climate change and desertification on human security
Natural resources such as land, water, timber, minerals, metals and oil are vitally important sources of livelihoods, income and influence for countries and communities around the globe. When natural resources are poorly managed they can contribute to tensions that can escalate into violent conflict…
The links between climate change, economic development and poverty reduction have gained increasing attention over recent years in both the academic and policy literature.
The first-of-its-kind baseline to measure the global extent of indigenous and community land rights.
The report explores the environmental footprints of everyday products, using a footprinting approach to measure the amount of land and water needed across the product’s supply chain
Research suggests better management of dry forests may reduce malnutrition and improve food security.
In fact drought is extremely serious problem in the Arab region, and will increase causing serious threat, keeping in mind that all Arab countries are suffering from fragility of their ecosystems, and facing severe risks of depletion of soil, vegetation, and water resources on daily basis.
Agricultural value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa. From a development challenge to a business opportunity . Job creation is one of SSA’s top challenges and agriculture accounts for over half of total employment.(January 15 )
Genetic diversity a hidden tool in coping with climate change (FAO). Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected.(January 19th 2015)
The new tool REsource offers the best available data and information on renewable energy which is now
Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus- A new IRENA report, says that integrating renewable energy in the agrifood supply chain alone could help to rein in cost volatility, bolster energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to long-term food sustainability (January 3…
Left unchecked, Western Diets could derail climate action. If current consumption trends continue, with meat consumption in emerging and developing countries increasing but remaining considerably below Western levels, we will stay on track for a global temperature rise of two degrees. (January 30 20…
Building cross cutting skills and landscapes knowledge for effective youth leadership" Global Landscapes Forum youth organising committee final report
Doing business with nature: opportunities from natural capital aims to lay out the challenges and opportunities of companies whose future growth depends on a healthy and sustained supply of nature’s goods and its services (natural capital).
Why climate researchers are so excited about landscapes....? In the recently published book, Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality In Practice
UNCCD Library Book of the month: Soil Atlas 2015: Facts and figures about earth, land and fields (March 17 2015)