U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on climate crisis: “The way in which we manage the world’s lands is central to combating climate change. And restoring the capacity of the land that feeds, houses and sustains us is core to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
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U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed says, “We have no time left to lose” in addressing the world’s climate crisis.

Following are U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the climate change luncheon of the fourteenth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, in New Delhi yesterday:

“I want to first thank our hosts for this lunch, which comes just two weeks before the Climate Action Summit.

We come together today because our lands are in a state of crisis. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Land and Climate Change…

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Desertification and conflicts in Nigeria


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Desertification fuels deadly clashes in Nigeria

Growing desertification and violence in Nigeria is forcing thousands of Muslim herdsmen to move south, leading to clashes with Christian crop farmers. Residents and activists report that hundreds have been killed.

Scarcity of fertile land and violence at the hands of Boko Haram jihadists in the north of Nigeria are driving thousands of people southwards, dividing the country down ethnic and religious lines.

Thousands of people from the roaming Fulani ethnic group are reported to have fled south this year, running up against Christian crop farmers, who accuse the Muslim herdsmen of violence against villagers.

Much of the fighting is understood to stem from conflict over resources such as land and water, which have become increasingly scarce in Africa’s most populous nation. Clashes are reported to have intensified over the last few years.

Desertification is increasingly rendering large swathes of fertile…

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How can entrepreneurs help to prevent deforestation, combat desertification & protect biodiversity?


UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
18 June 2019


A better world depends upon our ability to generate new ideas and build new systems that can better channel human, social and financial efforts towards the SDGs. Entrepreneurs are essential to this. They are key to creating the innovations that will enable us to go beyond and reach the SDGs with the resources we have.

Every other month, we bring together entrepreneurs, ‘wantrepreneurs’, investors, sustainability professionals and students to consider the role entrepreneurs can play in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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This June, we’re focusing on SDG 15: Life on Land, with a special focus on combatting desertification, tackling deforestation and halting biodiversity loss. 

As world population creeps ever closer to 10 billion people – and as our planet warms and our climate becomes increasingly unpredictable – enormous pressure is being placed on the world’s productive land. As a…

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Combating Desertification and Land Degradation: The World’s Best Policies

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Chinese Holstein cows, alfalfa plants combat desertification in West Africa


By CGTN’s The Point

Belts of green are sprouting, and cows are roaming amid the flatlands of the Sahara desert in Mauritania. But these plants and cows are not from this small West African country. They are Chinese Holstein, a breed of cow famous for their large dairy production, chewing Chinese alfalfa, a nutritious plant that’s rich in several vitamins and minerals.

Since April 2017, a group of Chinese experts on desertification control and animal husbandry technology has been working with locals under a three-year agreement with Mauritania.

Around three-quarters of Mauritania is desert or semi-desert, and as little as 0.5 percent of the land is considered arable, according to statistics from the World Bank. The country has a windy spring, a scorching summer, when surface temperatures can rise above 50 degrees Celsius, and only two rainy months a year, making it very hard for plants to survive.

Mauritanian President…

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Desertification causing food, agriculture loss



KARACHI: Desertification in Sindh province is rising in arid semi arid and riverine areas with each passing day causing food and agriculture loss.

It is occurring in the province due to decreasing water resources, salinity, water logging, global warming, deforestation, urbanization, commercialization and low rains, according to an investigative report.

According to the report, deforestation is one of the major factors contributing to desertification in Sindh. The deforestation in the last three decades has deprived Sindh province of a massive forest cover which subsequently has led to widespread migration, a rise in poverty and destruction to ecology apart from costing an annual loss of millions of dollars to the national exchequer.

The forest cover in Sindh has reduced to 1 9 percent of its total land area forcing over one million people to migrate to other areas in the province in last 30 years.

Forest land in Sindh has…

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Imaginary futures of food provisioning practices in peri-urban areas – Martin Ruivenkamp

Rural Sociology Wageningen University

Since a couple of months, I’m employed as postdoc researcher by the Rural Sociology Group and assigned to the project Urbanising in Place, a selected project of the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) that is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund scheme. Let me introduce myself to you, but I’m interested in getting to know you too! So, please do not hesitate to contact me at martin.ruivenkamp@wur.nl.

I do feel ‘at home’ at the Rural Sociology group. Surely, this might be related to the fact that I heard many good stories about Rural Sociology from people close to me… And, the work carried out by members of Rural Sociology intrigue me and motivate me to contribute to the three themes RSO focuses on: 1) the development of ecological and socially sustainable agrarian and food policies by studying the role of agricultural and rural activities, products and services…

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