desertification

Combatting land degradation is a key component of the post 2015 development agenda. The linkage between land degradation and other global environmental challenges is more recognized than ever before. We must leverage the increasing attention being given to land to further promote sustainable land management and rehabilitation of degraded land as solutions to multiple environmental […]

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The range of measures often emphasized in gendered efforts to reverse desertification and land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought (DLDD) include improving the participation of women in decision-making, building the capacity of women’s organizations, eliminating illiteracy among women, minimizing the heavy workload on women and eliminating gender disparities in employment and in the […]

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Since its inception the UNCCD has recognized the role of women in ensuring sustainable livelihoods and by encouraging the equal participation of women in capacity building. The UNCCD is the only Rio Convention which has gender and women’s’ empowerment included in the Convention text. The UNCCD Advocacy Policy Framework (APF) on gender, approved by the COP10 […]

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Drylands face indisputable development challenges, including limited water resources, relatively low biological productivity, and a history of political and economic exclusion. Traditional gender inequalities and conflict situations exacerbate these challenges. However, drylands also possess valuable assets, such as their unique natural resources, diverse cultures and resilient communities. Despite these assets, dryland populations — particularly in […]

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The international community has long recognized that desertification is a major economic, social and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world. In response, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was adopted in 1994 and entered into force two years later. The objective of the Convention is to […]

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In the 20 years since their inception, the Rio Conventions have made important progress in advancing their work. Given that climate change, biodiversity and desertification are interconnected, the conventions explored possible cooperation in these areas. In response, the Joint Liaison Group among the secretariats of the CBD, the UNCCD and the UNFCCC was established in […]

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The objective of this Convention is to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa, through effective action at all levels with a view to contributing to the achievement of sustainable development in affected areas.

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Global Gender Policy Series: A gender policy framework for UNCCD.

In light of the importance of the role of women in efforts to combat desertification, the IUCN Gender Office has teamed up with the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to develop a Gender Policy Framework. This publication presents a summary of the components of this Framework and suggestions for its implementation. 

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The UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD) notes that to combat desertification effectively, both women and men should participate fully in the preparation and implementation of dryland development activities. This publication presents an easily read chronicle on what the authors consider major events that led to this landmark international agreement which legally obligates governments to promote the role of women in dryland management, including lessons learned which can be applied to other Multilateral Environmental Agreements. 

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