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Conserving Dryland Biodiversity

Conserving Drylands Biodiversity

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. Click on image for full publication PDF. French Version....Spanish Version...

 

UNCCD 2nd Science Conference Side Event Report

The Great Green Wall

Forest restoration as proposed by the Great Green Wall

A technical Options brief

Forest restoration as proposed by the Great Green Wall could be approached in a way that limits any further loss of biodiversity, including rangelands biodiversity. The Great Green Wall Initiative can reinforce local livelihoods and avoid compounding food insecurity in the already marginalized drylands of Africa. In conformity with Article 8f of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which requires contracting parties to promote the recovery of threatened species through strategies such as the ecosystem approach, this Technical Options Brief discusses the means by which the Great Green Wall could actually sustain humans, wildlife and biodiversity as a whole, in the Sahel.

Dryland opportunities : a new paradigm for people, ecosystems and development

Dryland opportunities : a new paradigm for people, ecosystems and development

This book aims to apply the new scientific insights on complex dryland systems to practical options for development. A new dryland paradigm is built on the resources and capacities of dryland peoples, on new and emergent economic opportunities, on inward investment, and on the best support that dryland science can offer. 

 

The Land We Graze: A Synthesis of Case Studies About How Pastoralists’ Organizations Defend Their Land Rights

The Land We Graze: A Synthesis of Case Studies About How Pastoralists’ Organizations Defend Their Land Rights

This report is the result of the co-operation of seventeen partners from four continents - all of them engaged in activities to improve the livelihoods of mobile livestock keepers. The organizing question of this collaboration was, how do mobile livestock keepers - i.e. pastoralists - succeed to organize themselves and to defend and secure their land rights.

The nature of drylands: diverse ecosystems, diverse solutions

The nature of drylands: Diverse ecosystems, diverse solutions

Dryland ecosystems provide water, food, fodder, fuelwood, shelter and medicinal plants for many of the worlds poor. Drylands also produce a number of globally important commodities such as gum arabic, frankincense, and cashmere. Ecotourism, when properly managed, is an important growth industry in drylands that can benefit both local people and wildlife. In addition drylands provide an important food insurance policy - over 30% or our major food crops - including wheat, barley and other cereals as well as livestock - originate in drylands, and provide a precious resource of genetic diversity in wild crop relatives.

 

  • Gum Arabic

    Gum Arabic

    Photo: Edmund Barrow

Conserving Dryland Biodiversity Book - French/Spanish Versions