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ERIC Number: EJ1001377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0973-4082
Education: A Key Strategy of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, v6 n2 p287-289 Sep 2012
Desertification means land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, generally known as "drylands". It is a process by which fertile land becomes degraded, typically as a result of drought, deforestation or inappropriate agriculture. Even though desertification is one of the significant challenges of these times, many people do not know what it is, or how it affects their lives. For this reason, education and awareness raising is a key component of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and has been emphasised in its 10-year Strategic Plan and Framework (2008-18). The strategy seeks to deepen the interest of parties--194 signing countries and European Union--to the convention, so that combating desertification, land degradation and drought becomes part of every country's development or development assistance policy. While education is an important means for people to understand the threats of desertification, land degradation and drought, one important lesson is that these processes do not have to be permanent. The most common cause of desertification and land degradation is over-cultivation of land for agriculture. If people are educated in techniques of sustainable land management, desertification and land degradation are preventable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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