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By Ramesh Jaura
BERLIN (IDN) – The United Nations’ top official in-charge of combating desertification has called upon world leaders to “put a cap on land degradation” that has already adversely affected 40 percent of the world’s agricultural land with dire consequences for the poorest of the poor.
“Just 6-10 inches of top soil stand between us and extinction,” says UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja, adding: “Productive land is a finite resource like our oceans and forests.” And yet every year some 12 million hectares of land are being lost to degradation.
Gnacadja was briefing the press ahead of the special UN High-level meeting in New York on September 20, 2011.
“We should work towards a land degradation neutral world through a target of zero net land degradation. The first…
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