Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Drylands and Desertification


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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Drylands and desertification — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Capturing the Synergies between Climate Change and Desertification
Siri Eriksen defines the opportunities and challenges to be found in linking the climate change and desertification conventions. Published October 2006

Climate Change and the Sahara
Guy Jacques and Hervé Le Treut describe the role of climate in shaping the Sahara. Published September 2006

Desertification and Global Warming: Common Action for Common Challenges
Staff members of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Secretariat highlight the opportunities for cooperative action in combating desertification and climate change. Published August 2006

2006: International Year of Deserts and Desertification
Desertification is increasing, along with its environmental, social and economic impacts, and so it is timely that 2006 has been designated the International Year of Deserts and Desertification. Newswatch editor Sarah Granich reports. Published February 2006

Desertification and Climate Change
Mick Kelly and Mike Hulme address the complex and often uncertain links between climate change, prolonged aridification or desiccation, and desertification. Published August 1993

Desertification: the Scourge of Africa
Michael Bernard Kwesi Darkoh discusses the complex factors underlying the threat to Africa's drylands. Published April 1993

On the Web

Arid Lands Newsletter
Informative bulletin published by the Office of Arid Lands Studies at the University of Arizona, covering the desertification issue, biodiversity conservation and related topics.

Bright Edges of the World
An electronic exhibit about the world's drylands presented by the Smithsonian Institution and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Desertification and the International Policy Imperative (3.4MB download)
Desertification and the International Policy Imperative, from UNU-INWEH, documents the proceedings of an international assessment of the desertification problem. Published June 2007

Deserts: Geology and Resources
On-line book providing a comprehensive introduction to drylands and desertification.

Earth Negotiations Bulletin - desertification
Earth Negotiations Bulletin, produced by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, provides a detailed account of the negotiations on the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, including audio-visual recordings.

Food and Agriculture Organization - Desertification
The FAO website on desertification aims to assist national, regional and international stakeholders and networks involved in sustainable development of drylands. The contains technical and scientific data and information, as well as links to a number of informative websites on desertification.

Gender Perspectives on the Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification
A paper that provides a gender-sensitive perspective on the three Rio Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Desertification.

Global Deserts Outlook
The Global Deserts Outlook, from the United Nations Environment Programme, presents a panorama of the environmental status of the world's deserts: their location and extent, uniqueness and vulnerability, biodiversity and natural resources. Published June 2006

International Arid Lands Consortium
The International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring the problems and solutions unique to arid and semiarid regions. IALC promotes cooperative research and practical application of new knowledge to develop sustainable ecological practices.

Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands
The Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) project provides access to documents, data, photos, maps and other resources concerning this critical issue.

Linkages between Climate Change and Desertification in East Africa: Physical and Social Linkages
Siri Eriksen discusses the physical and social linkages between climate change and desertification in East Africa.

Linkages between Climate Change and Desertification in East Africa: Policy Linkages
Siri Eriksen discusses policy responses to climate change and desertification in East Africa.

Oral Testimonies
Personal accounts from Sudan and Ethiopia, collated by the Panos Institute, highlight the wide-ranging consequences of desertification, from migration for work and conflict over resources, to changes in traditions and women's roles.

Our Planet: Deserts and Drylands
Special issue of the UNEP journal, Our Planet, on deserts and drylands.

Somalia Environmental Protection and Anti Desertification Organization (SEPADO)
SEPADO works to protect the environment of Somalia, to combat desertification and to raise awareness and support among Somali society and the international community.

TerrAfrica is a multi-partner initiative, aiming to increase the scale, efficiency and effectiveness of investments towards sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa.

UN Convention to Combat Desertification
International treaty intended to promote effective action on desertification through innovative local programmes and supportive international partnerships by developing and carrying out national, sub-regional and regional action programmes.

UNCCD - Thematic Factsheets
Series of factsheets, providing an introduction to the desertification problem and the work of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification
Promoting action that will protect the world's drylands from further deterioration and degradation into deserts, the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification runs from January 2010 to December 2020. Website provides further information, news and resources.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015