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Innovative ways for a sustainable use of drylands

Innovative ways for a sustainable use of drylands
  • UNESCO- Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). 2014
  • This study challenges the idea that dryland areas over the world are often considered as 'wastelands' as they are characterized through their scarce water resources, poor organic soils, low biological productivity, and extreme climatic conditions. Scientists from ten countries - Belgium, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Tunisia - studied dryland ecosystems from a research, environmental conservation and sustainable development perspective and detail 9 case studies from 9 of these countries -excluding Belgium-. Their objective was to elaborate wise dryland management practices by involving local communities while satisfying their needs for sustainable livelihoods. Studied sites included field research stations and biosphere reserves, which also served as testing grounds for alternative income opportunities among dryland communities based on their perceived needs and priorities.
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Jordan, Pakistan, Tunisia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Arid zones, Community participation, Drylands, Ecosystems, Groundwater, Livelihoods, Perceptions, Sustainable development, Technology, Water scarcity, Water supply, Watersheds
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Governments, Policy makers, Practitioners, Project planners
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Impact evaluation, Reporting on project findings/outputs
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Case studies
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Published in 2015