Interactive infographic on key facts and figures on Land Degradation and Drylands
Today, the pace of arable land degradation is 30-35 times the historical rate. Drylands tend to lose biological and economic productivity quickly, unless sustainably managed. This process is called land degradation, or desertification. More than 250 million people are directly affected by desertification, and 1 billion are at risk. Development pathways for drylands are often misguided, following a model for humid areas development. Misrepresentation of drought and water scarcity in drylands diverts attention away from sustainable and adaptive management. To address desertification properly, strategies must be adapted to fit drylands.