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Desertification ... land degradation in which a relatively dry land region becomes increasingly arid, typically losing its bodies of water as well as vegetation and wildlife.

Desertification is exacerbated by climate change and represents one of the greatest environmental challenges of our times...

Conflict in the Sahel Likely to Worsen as Climate Change Impacts Increase


In the context of this changing climate, demand for potable and agricultural water and arable land in the Sahel is likely to increase as the region experiences one of the largest population booms in the world over the next 30 years. By 2050, Niger’s current population of 25 million is expected to grow to more than 65 million; Burkina Faso’s population from 21.6 million to 43.4 million; and Nigeria’s population (partially in the Sahel) from 212 to 401 million.

Without major development programs, livelihoods will be further stressed even without the effects of climate change due to issues like over-farming, over-grazing, poor land management, soil erosion.

Governments and national institutions in the Sahel will be required to mediate and mitigate conflict, distribute resources, guarantee food security, and manage increased climate-related migration. Are they up to the task?

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Arid Forest Research Institute
Deforestation and climate change
Green water credits / International Soil Reference
Soil retrogression and degradation
Water Security

Arid Lands Information Network—Kenya
Biochar Fertilisation using carbon
Desert greening
Ecological engineering
Green Wall of China
Holistic management


Desertification and Climate Change

“Desertification is a 'fancy' word for land that is turning to desert.”

Linkages between climate change and desertification in East Africa

Desertification is associated with biodiversity loss and contributes to global climate change through loss of carbon sequestration capacity and an increase in land-surface albedo.


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