Desertification: what is it and how to reduce it?

  • Hamet Fall Diagne
  • BBC Africa

Image Credit, Jorge Fernandez

Desertification is defined by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as “land degradation in arid, semi – arid and arid sub-humid areas due to various factors, including climatic variations and human activities.”

Soil degradation is again defined as the reduction or disappearance of the soil’s biological or economic productivity.

“The poorest countries are always the most vulnerable to drought,” said Ibrahima Thiaw, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, at the opening ceremony of COP15 in Abidjan last month.

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