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The Arab world contains one third of the world’s deserts [Getty]
Threats greater than terror: Desertification and drought
Blog: The Middle East is facing a potentially catastrophic threat – st.
The United Nations inaugurated the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on 17 June 1995 to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought.
According to UN estimates, 52 percent of the world’s agricultural land is moderately or severely affected by soil degradation, and affects 1.5 billion people globally.
Further, drought and desertification are causing the annual loss of 120,000 square kilometres of land around the world, an area larger than the size of the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain combined.
This has a severe impact on food security, biodiversity, socio-economic stability and development.
The UN estimates some 50 million people will be displaced over the next decade due to…
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