desertification desertification


  • (n) the gradual transformation of habitable land into desert; is usually caused by climate change or by destructive use of the land


  1. Mexico's government estimates that some 900,000 people a year are forced off the land by desertification, as erosion and overuse of fields renders them unfit for farming.
  2. People forget that extreme poverty as a result of desertification explains much of that country's travails.
  3. The implications of this, combined with desertification, species extinction and accelerated climate change from the release of carbon stored in forests, are all too clear.


  1. UN-Backed Plan To Combat Central Asian Desertification Won't Hold Water

    Copyright show:  Hide copyrights When the United Nations considers the problem of desertification, Central Asia is a logical place to focus. The region is home to large deserts, has one of the earth's driest climates, and has been subject to increased human pressures in recent decades that have exacerbated its already harsh conditions. read more
    on June 18, 2013     Source: EurasiaNet

  2. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    With the rallying call “Don’t let our future dry up”, this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification is dedicated to highlighting the global risks of drought and water scarcity. The social, political and economic costs of drought are evident from Uzbekistan to Brazil, from the Sahel to Australia.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: United Nations

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  1. Spanish Environment Minister Cristina Narbona said desertification has already "led to the movement of millions of persons who are fleeing countries that are increasingly affected by desertification and thus by poverty".
    on Sep 3, 2007 By: Cristina Narbona Source: The Australian

  2. "You are part of the one third of the world's population -- two billion people -- who are potential victims of desertification," Ban told the landlocked country's parliament, in a speech on overcoming the challenge of climate change.
    on Jul 27, 2009 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: AFP

  3. "Across the planet, poverty, unsustainable land management and climate change are turning drylands into deserts, and desertification in turn exacerbates and leads to poverty," UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a statement. "There is...
    on Jun 4, 2006 By: Kofi Annan Source: Boston Globe

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