Drylands cover large parts of the Earth’s surface. Even though often viewed as wastelands, they are essential for the survival of 2 billion people. Protected areas play an important role in preserving these ecosystems in order to secure livelihoods of local people and conserve biodiversity.
Ernesto Enkerlin-Hoeflich, Deputy Chair of WCPA, talks about threats to drylands and how protected areas can help dealing with them.
Jonathan Davies, Coordinator of IUCN's Global Drylands Initiative, talks about how communities in drylands protect their environment, about IUCN's work in Africa, and about the role of protected areas in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).