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Desertification processes overall (which are caused by a combination of unsustainable land management and climate change) are driving losses in agricultural productivity and incomes in drylands. Local and national studies show how desertification is already causing farmers to suffer losses in income…

Read about developments in LDN in Northeast Asia, East Africa, West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

The Senior Officials of the UN have agreed at EMG SOM 24 in the margins of UNGA to form a Coalition to Combat Sand and Dust Storms. Major tasks of this coalition will include raising awareness, convening stakeholders and raising the proper amount of funds to help combat this phenomenon. A few other…

This collection of 12 stories from women and men in nine countries in different parts of Africa shines a light on the efforts of communities, some of them decades-long, in restoring degraded forests and landscapes. The stories are not generated through any rigorous scientific process, but are…

At the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, this 60th issue of ETFRN News is very timely, with the preface signed by UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, reflecting a focus on drylands that cover some 40% of the world’s land area and contain some of the most severely degraded…

Climatic changes and human activities have caused major environmental change in the Sahel. Remote sensing studies detect various vegetation trends.

The goal of the project is to reduce food insecurity and improve livelihoods of poor people living in African drylands by restoring degraded land, and returning it to effective and sustainable tree, crop and livestock production, thereby increasing land profitability and landscape and livelihood…

Africa is projected to have the fastest urban growth rate in the world — by 2050, Africa’s cities will be home to an additional 950 million people. Urban planning and management are essential development challenges. Understanding urbanisation, its drivers, dynamics and impacts, is key to designing…

Environment conditions lead to high vigilance for meningitis cases in the Sahel, from Eastern Mali to Chad

At the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, this 60th issue of ETFRN News is very timely, with the preface signed by UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, reflecting a focus on drylands that cover some 40% of the world’s land area and contain some of the most severely degraded…

Forest protection and tree-based landscape restoration underpin many domestic policy goals and international commitments made by the Government of India. The National Forest Policy, 1988 aims to establish forest and tree cover over 33 percent of India’s geographical area. India’s Nationally…

In honor of World Soil Day, Food Tank is highlighting 15 organizations around the globe working to use soil to reverse the damaging effects of climate change, stop soil from disappearing due to erosion, and improve farmers’ well-being and connection to their land.

Lake Chad is caught in a conflict trap. Violence between armed opposition groups – including the so-called ‘Islamic State West Africa Province’ and ‘Boko Haram’ – and state security forces has left 10.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Climate change is compounding these challenges…

The authors present us with a new narrative, rethinking our relationship to, perception and use of wetlands, championing the already existing natural solutions and community approaches that can change our fate, showing how we can work with nature rather than against it.

The African Studies Centre Leiden is the only academic institution in the Netherlands dedicated solely to the study of Africa. In 2016 the ASCL became an integral part of Leiden University, as an interfaculty institute, with its own research agenda, library acquisition policy, and teaching profile.

In the dry stretch between Africa’s Sahara Desert and tropical forests, the landscape has been slowly changing, giving new signs of life in places where there was previously none, or where there once was before the effects of climate change took hold. These are the building blocks of the Great Green…

The report “Land Degradation Neutrality for Biodiversity Conservation: How Healthy Land Safeguards Nature” highlights how LDN can address the priorities of both the CBD and the UNCCD in an effective and complementary manner. According to the report, LDN and the CBD’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for…

Restoration needs along Africa's drylands have been mapped and quantified for the first time. A groundbreaking map of restoration opportunities along Africa's Great Green Wall has been launched at the UN climate change conference, based on collection and analysis of crucial land-use information to…

Built on the first volume of this series of the “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development” launched in 2016 and the second volume in 2018, this year the third volume continues to showcase and expand on how South-South and triangular cooperation is being…

The State of the Climate in Africa 2019, report provides a snapshot of climate trends, observed high-impact events and associated risks and impacts on key sensitive sectors in Africa. The report also draws lessons on existing gaps in climate change action

Positive transformation pathways require many improvements in the governance, finance and equity issues with a particular reference to the youth and women. The Sahel can sustain its sustainable development if transformation occurs in natural resources management. The negative image of the Sahel is a…

The Initiative involves a range of stakeholders, including national governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society who all work together under pan-African coordination to halt land degradation. International partners, such as the United Nations Convention to Combat…

Launch of the Sahel Country Case studies and Regional Synthesis Report: Rural Development, Agricultural Livelihoods and Job Creation in the Sahel Region Time: January 19, 2021, 11:00 – 12:00 (West Africa and Germany time / CET) Location: Zoom Please register in advance for this meeting via https:/…

Millions acres of land restored and things are only just getting started. It could be our planet's greatest ever lesson in grassroots-led, ecological development, from people for people.The GGW aims to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes and transform millions of lives in one of the world’s poorest…

2020 was one of three warmest years on record, despite cooling La Niña. Extreme weather and COVID-19 combined in a double blow