Combating

desertification

Gender issues in arid zones
Factsheet

Gender issues in arid zones

Women: actors in the combat against desertification

The economic and social organization of rural societies has a high level of gender differentiation in terms of rights, activities and responsibilities. This interacts with other aspects of social stratification based on factors such as ethnicity, statutory groups, religion and level of wealth. Consequently, women do not represent a homogeneous category, but a group whose interests are sometimes conflicting and which are equally subject to power relations. Some observations:

  • The division of work by gender is universal, but varies from one society to another as well as over time. Women are often assigned to jobs (such as unpaid domestic work) that are accorded less value both socially and economically.
  • The organization of work is only marginally based on the strictly physical capacities of men and women. More so it arises from complex (...)
Carbon in dryland soils
Factsheet

Carbon in dryland soils

Multiple essential functions

Local impact indicators
R&D

Local impact indicators

For projects to combat land degradation and desertification

A global land degradation assessment and mapping method
Factsheet

A global land degradation assessment and mapping method

A standard guideline proposal

Why we should invest in arid areas
Factsheet

Why we should invest in arid areas

The African Great Green Wall project (May 2019)
Topical issue

The African Great Green Wall project (May 2019)

What advice can scientists provide?

The pan-African Great Green Wall (GGW) is an initiative that was meant in 2007, the year of its launch, to involve the planting of a 15 km wide transcontinental forest belt running from Dakar to Djibouti. This major project was designed to combat desertification. The band of vegetation is to be as continuous as possible, but it may be rerouted if necessary to skirt around obstacles (streams, rocky areas, mountains) or to link inhabited areas (see www.grandemurailleverte.org)

Scientists have and are still being queried by people, NGOs and donors on the merits and feasibility of this project. In 2011, members of CSFD drew up a summary of scientific findings to help answer these questions.

This review can be downloaded at: www.csf-desertification.org/great-green-wall

This fact sheet summarizes the key points.

Three misconceptions should be (...)

Publication of a new CSFD topical issue on Land degradation Neutrality
Topical issue

Publication of a new CSFD topical issue on Land degradation Neutrality

Pastoralism in dryland areas
Factsheet

Pastoralism in dryland areas

A case study in sub-Saharan Africa

Desertification and land degradation trend indicators
R&D

Desertification and land degradation trend indicators

Restoring Natural Capital in Arid and Semi-arid Regions
Factsheet

Restoring Natural Capital in Arid and Semi-arid Regions

Combining ecosystem health with human well-being

Publication of a new dossier dedicated to desertification monitoring by remote sensing
Topical issue

Publication of a new dossier dedicated to desertification monitoring by remote sensing

Harvesting fonio (Guinea) © A. Barnaud
Factsheet

Ecological engineering

for sustainable agriculture in arid and semiarid West African regions

The African Great Green Wall project
Topical issue

The African Great Green Wall project

What advice can scientists provide?

Is biochar “green”?
Topical issue

Is biochar “green”?

Science and civil society
Factsheet

Science and civil society

In the fight against desertification

Contact

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