UN launches the Decade for Deserts
The United Nations are launching the Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, an effort to improve the protection and management of the world’s drylands, home to over two billion people.
Drylands take up 41 percent of the land surface and are threatened by multiple factors such as soil degradation, climate change and unsustainable agriculture practices and poor water management.
An estimated S$42 billion (30 billion euros) is lost every year from desertification and land degradation. One billion people are at risks from desertification.