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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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ECA auditors are to visit Cyprus, which, along with 12 other EU member states, has declared itself to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as affected by desertification.
Rocky desertification is hurting peoples livelihoods, because it reduces land productivity and food security, while also increasing the likelihood of natural disasters and challenging environmental sustainability, said Yoshiaki Kobayashi, Principal Water Resources Specialist at ADBs East Asia Department.
It is the only internationally legally binding framework set up to address to problem of desertification.
Observed every year on June 17, the celebration aims to promote public awareness of desertification and drought as they are a great challenge facing the environment and a serious environmental phenomenon that threatens the economic life of communities.
Ranking among the greatest environmental challenges of the current times, desertification is a phenomenon that refers to the persistent degradation of dryland ecosystems by human activities - including unsustainable farming, mining, overgazing and clear-cutting of land, and by climate change.
Le ministere de l'environnement et du developpement durable a entame l'actualisation du programme national de lutte contre la desertification, conformement aux orientations et aux objectifs strategiques de la Convention des Nations Unies sur la lutte contre la desertification ( CLD, ou CNULCD) ", a precise Derouiche, lors de l'ouverture des journees de la diversification biologique et de lutte contre la desertification, organisee par la direction generale de l'environnement et de la qualite de la vie, en partenariat avec le bureau de Tunis du Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement (PNUE).
Oliva (2006) the Patagonian steppes have received ovine animals since late nineteenth century and have reached its heyday in the 1950s, with approximately 20 million animals, having been one of the contributing activities for the desertification process.
Turkey's risk map was prepared by 10 academics from the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion (EcEM) and the Technological Research Council of Turkey (TE[pounds sterling]ByTAK) Research Center for Advanced Technologies on Informatics and Information Security (ByLGEM) as a result of a project which has been running for one-and-a-half years.
Dr Moza al-Hajiri, environmental affairs expert, said desertification is a big problem for Qatar and green areas barely cover 7% of the country's total area.
Reorienting land degradation towards sustainable land management: Linking sustainable livelihoods with ecosystem services in rangeland systems,' conventional policies aimed at addressing bush encroachment including some pilot initiatives under Botswana's National Action Plan (NAP) for implementing the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have had mixed results because they have primarily focused on biophysical assessments of degradation,' at the farm or ranch scale.
Selon Abdelaziz Affker chef de service du partenariat pour la conservation des ressources forestieres, [beaucoup moins que]le probleme de desertification et de secheresse concerne toutes les terres emergees et habitees de cette terre.
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.