This guidance document focuses on the importance of drylands as ecosystems ranging from rangelands and grasslands to semi-desert, and host 1.1 billion hectares of forest – more than a quarter of the world’s forest area. It highlights how despite their importance, drylands are being degraded through a complex combination of climatic and human stresses, such as unsustainable farming techniques, mining and overgrazing.

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Organization: IFAD

Topics: Agriculture and Food, Ecosystems, COP23 List of UN Publications

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2016

Language: English