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Global Gathering of Pastoralists, Kiserian, Kenya, December 2013

Bedouin Camels rest near pyramids in Cairo Egypt

Consulting Pastoralists for a transition towards a Green Economy

Pastoralists manage more than one third of the world’s land and are stewards of a great wealth of biological and cultural diversity. Their management practices maintain rangeland biodiversity and ecosystem services that are globally valued, including protecting vast stores of soil carbon that play a pivotal role in mitigating climate change.

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UN targets global land degradation deal in 2015

Namibia JT Hetzel

UNCCD chief Luc Gnacadja says land degradation is now a “critical” issue with huge economic and social implications

The head of the UN’s desertification convention wants a global agreement on controlling land degradation to be signed off by 2015.

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The Global Drylands Initiative at the UNCCD COP, Windhoek, Namibia 16th-27th September 2013


The UNCCD COP 11 convened under the theme “a stronger UNCCD for a land degradation neutral world” is currently underway in Windhoek Namibia. During this year’s COP, the Global Drylands Initiative's main engagement is on 'land degradation neutrality'. The initiative is therefore involved in several events including plenary discussions and organizing a side event on Drylands Biodiversity: Bridging the gap between UN (environmental) conventions and national legislation”. The initiative has also organised a delegation of farmers from the Kalahari organizing an event on invasive species.

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The Global Drylands Initiative at the UNCCD 2nd scientific conference in Bonn, Germany April 2013

UNCCD Scientific Conference Bonn Germanay

The UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference held in Bonn, Germany last week focused on the theme ‘Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas’. The conference was organised and run by the Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos. Conference outputs are scientific and policy-oriented recommendations, which will be submitted to the Committee of Science and Technology (CST) and Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNCCD convention for consideration.

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Side event on ‘Dry Forests: Drought, Water Scarcity and the Global Development Agenda’ at the UNFF10, Istanbul Turkey, 8th to 19th April 2013

Bisan Adhi Game Reserve, Garbatulla Kenya

Sustainable management and restoration of dry forests (forest landscapes in drylands) contributes greatly to tackling the challenges of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought. In many drylands, forests protect the water towers and humid zones that are pivotal for ecosystem function. Dry forests also provide essential seasonal safety nets – sources of secondary income and grazing reserves – for dryland residents. Restoring and sustainably managing these zones reduces the risk of drought, increases ecosystem resilience and strengthens adaptive capacities.

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Book Launch: Conserving Dryland Biodiversity Book

Conserving Dryland Biodiversity Book

A joint initiative between IUCN, UNCCD and UNEP, Conserving Dryland Biodiversity Book has been officially launched at the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju Korea.

Dryland biodiversity is of tremendous global importance, being central to the well-being and development of millions of people in developing countries. There continues to be inadequate attention paid to this major biome that covers such a vast part of our world’s terrestrial surface. Yet, as this book conveys, conservation and sustainable management of drylands biodiversity offers a viable pathway to deliver international conservation and development targets. This book is a global resource aimed to aide dryland management as it is the first comprehensive analysis of dryland biodiversity that is of global importance and significance.

Conserving Dryland Biodiversity is intended to raise awareness amongst all stakeholders and galvanise wider action to boost drylands conservation and development. It is a call to action as well as a guide to how dryland conservation and development can be equitably pursued. The book is designed to inform and remind us of the beauty of dryland biodiversity and its intrinsic and instrumental value. It demonstrates the mutual dependency of dryland biological and cultural diversity including new analyses of drylands biodiversity and an overview of approaches that promote sustainable development as well as conservation goals. It strongly underlines the importance of indigenous knowledge and culture to dryland conservation, demonstrating an unrivalled opportunity for sustainable growth and biodiversity protection.

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Knowledge Café: Conserving Dryland Biodiversity