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The Secretariat on Thursday launched a new portal for the purpose and the documents will be publicly available in their original form on the UNFCCC web site as they are submitted.

Deserts may be difficult to define, but they play an active role in the evolution of our global climate and society at large, and their future is of the utmost importance.

The Global Calculator is a free and interactive tool that helps you to understand the link between our lifestyles, the energy we use, and the consequences for our climate.

In Africa, significant amounts of soil nutrients are lost every year due to inappropriate or unsustainable soil management practices. The Montpellier Panel has estimated that the economic loss in Africa due to poverty, climate change, population pressures and inadequate farming techniques is about…

A new statistical technique, analysing data records since measuring started 150 years ago, independently confirms that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions have led to global warming, according to a JRC-led article published on 22 February 2016 in Nature Scientific Reports.

Soil damage, climate change, water and energy availability are all challenges for farming.

Soil degradation in Europe has increasingly been recognized as a serious problem. Various studies commissioned by the European Commission have recently assessed the extent and degree of soil degradation across Europe. These have identified separate soil threats.

Grey literature is defined as ‘that which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers.’

The AgriTech Toolbox enables researchers and policymakers to examine how alternative agricultural practices and technologies can impact farm yields, food prices, natural resource use, hunger, malnutrition, land use and global trade in 2050, when climate change impacts may be severe. As a result, it…

The Lexicon of Food is a new online encyclopedia that unmasks the true meaning of sustainable food, term by term.

This study reviews biochar potential and problems and argues for adequate research before hasty application leads to environmental and socio-economic damage and discourages application

We examine how communities in Zanzibar cope with and adapt to multiple-stressors including climate change, and how these responses affect long-term adaptation, mitigation and development (AMD) goals.

This article describes key research questions about the economics of landscape change and reviews the state of research knowledge.

It is necessary to balance socioeconomic wellbeing and ecosystem services in land use planning and management for the sustainability of socio-ecological systems across spatiotemporal scales, especially in resource-poor arid environments.

Scenario analysis constitutes a valuable deployment method for scientific models to inform environmental decision-making, particularly for evaluating land degradation mitigation options, which are rarely based on formal analysis.

In Europe, the most susceptible areas to land degradation and desertification (LDD) are found in the Mediterranean region. The present study focuses on the island of Lesvos (Greece) and maps the environmental sensitivity of the island to LDD between the years 1990 and 2000.

Land-use change is one of the most important anthropogenic environmental change drivers affecting the biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems.

Increasing affluence is often postulated as a main driver for the human footprint on biologically productive areas, identified among the main causes of biodiversity loss, but causal relationships are obscured by international trade.

This paper illustrates an example of ‘early warning’ assessment of sensitivity to land degradation (LD) over Italy by monitoring changes of its main determinants during a long-term period (1960–2008) and by providing a short-term evaluation for 2015.

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

The marginalization of arid rangelands is avoidable, but requires real changes in the current general political and economic rationale under which resources are allocated

This study presents a meta-analysis of case studies that investigate the adoption of soil and water conservation measures, as an important approach to resource conservation.

Global analyses of vulnerability reveal generic insights into the relation between socio-ecological systems and the stress impacting upon them including climate and market variability.

This paper examines the development and use of scenarios as an approach to guide action in multi-level, multi-actor adaptation contexts such as food security under climate change.

The ten categories identified in our typology are based on real-world adaptation projects being financed through the Least Developed Countries Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund, and the Strategic Priority for Adaptation.