Fighting desertification

Agenda 21 was established as a result of the 1992 Rio Summit and it’s a set of actions to undertake at a local level to solve the global problems of our planet, combining economic development with environmental protection and social growth. On December 26, 1996 entered into force the United Nation Convention which suggests international cooperation initiatives; the common goal is enhancing productivity of cultivated lands and provide for their recovery, conservation and for the sustainable management of soils and hydric resources. Specific projects are under examination for given areas, involving local population, restoring precious traditions and reassessing the role of rural communities to avoid decay of these lands. Moreover, if in the past there was a tendency to find technical solutions, nowadays the problem as a whole is analyzed, as it’s produced by continuous growth population but also political and socio-economic causes. On a global scale, various UN agencies deal with desertification and among these are FAO (Food and Agricolture Organization), IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Meteorological Organization, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

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    Estimated impacts related to desertification in Southern Europe

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    Nature of the desertification phenomenon

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