Gum Arabic Hashab. Sudan

September 2009. Drylands cover more than 40% of the earth’s land surface and are home to more than a third of the world’s population, many of whom are the poorest of the poor. Found on every continent, drylands are the arid or semi-arid regions where rainfall is scarce and soils are less fertile. Despite their size, population and their importance for global sustainability, drylands receive scant attention on the international stage and awareness about their great value is low. Read more

Desert of the rain in Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

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A new vision for drylands

Dr Mike Mortimore, a member of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management, outlines his vision for the world’s drylands and what’s needed to achieve it. …  

02 Sep 2009 | News story
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Doum palm material stacks in Komadugu Yobe river basin, North East Nigeria.

Securing a brighter future for drylands

How can we ensure sustainable development in the world’s drylands where many of the world’s poorest people live? That’s the challenge facing decision makers who are gathering in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires this week for a UN meeting on combating desertification and where IUCN is offering a blueprint for action. …   | French | Spanish

23 Sep 2009 | News story

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