Millennium Ecosystem Assessment I - Desertification and natural resources, environment, and food security | Land Portal

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If legal instruments are not fully implemented, there is a risk they remain in the domain of virtual reality and wishful thinking.The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has come a long way since it came into force in 1996, with current membership standing at 191 Parties. 2006 was a landmark year. It was the tenth anniversary of the Convention, and it was also the International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD), declared by the UN General Assembly to increase awareness of this urgent global issue.While progress has been made in tackling desertification, much remains to be done.

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The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.



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