desertification


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desertification

a process by which fertile land turns into barren land or desert

Desertification

The spread of desert-like conditions due to human exploitation and misuse of the land.

desertification

[də‚zərd·ə·fə′kā·shən]
(ecology)
The creation of desiccated, barren, desertlike conditions due to natural changes in climate or possibly through mismanagement of the semiarid zone.
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Defining desertification as "land degradation resulting from a number of factors that include human activities and climate change in areas that are arid, semi-arid and that receive little precipitation," Eroy-lu said in a written statement that as much as 47 percent of Turkey consists of moderate and high risk zones.
Kufuor spoke highly of the desertification control of the Kubuqi Desert.
Although there is little desertification in Europe there are pressures of illegal immigration due to environment, poverty and armed conflict from African countries, said former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.
The World Day to Combat Desertification is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels.
The most worrying is that more than 7 per cent of Cypriot territory has been irreversibly affected by the desertification process," he said, pointing to photographic evidence.
The World Day to Combat Desertification took place on June 17 to bring awareness to one of the greatest global challenges to sustainable development and one that has a devastating impact on the world's poorest people whose livelihoods are tied to the land.
Desertification transforms arable or usable desert land into non-productive land due to poor use of scarce resources such as water.
Brochures were distributed, explaining the reasons behind desertification, which is a global problem today.
In its fifth National Report on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought, the government has conceded that land degradation continues to be a major environmental concern for the country with consequent implications for sustainable development.
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.
May 28, 2014 (KHARTOUM) -- The African Development Bank (AfDB) has allocated $45m to avoid desertification, drought and the impact of floods in Sudan's Gedarif, Kassala and White Nile states.