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Science: Environment: Global_Change: Desertification

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- FAO website on the topic, with technical and scientific data and information available at FAO, plus internet links. Site available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish languages.

Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Livelihoods in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) Project
Description of ASALs Project in Africa, along with outputs, findings, significance and bibliography.

Beijing's Desert Storm
Article and photos describe desertification in China, where the desert is on the move. With dunes already 75 kilometers from Beijing, environmentalists fear the sand could swallow the capital in a few years.

Desertification and Drought
Internet links to sites related to desertification, maintained by University of Arizona.

Desertification: Monitoring & Forecasting
Text and video reports about remote monitoring in the arid southwest region of United States. General details about desertification, forecasting, desert plants and a photo gallery is also there.

Drylands: Bright Edges of the World
Smithsonian Institution electronic exhibit about deserts and other arid and sub-humid environments, emphasizing desertification and other degradation and its consequences.

Land Degradation and Desertification
International Union of Soil Sciences working group site offers conference reports, technical papers and links to other organizations.

MEDACTION: Policies for Land Use to Combat Desertification
Describes a decision support system for land management in Italy and Portugal. Features project description, bibliography and contact details.

Medalus - Programme on Mediterranean Desertification and Land Use
Information about international project, funded by the European Union, to investigate the effects of desertification on land use in Mediterranean Europe.

Monitoring and Early Warning
Maps providing monthly updated, near real time, distributed information on rainfall, actual evapotranspiration, radiation, drought and desertification indices, and crop yield forecasts for Africa and Europe. Includes methodology discussions and links to similar resources.

Past, Recent, and 21st Century Vegetation Change in the Arid Southwest

The Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS)
Details about mission, objectives and structure of OSS, an organization striving to build up an African arena for cooperation and exchange to combat desertification and poverty. Available in English and Freanch.

Selected Internet Resources on Desertification
Information about intergovernmental organizations, national/regional activities,non-governmental organizations in the field of desertification. Also related reports/news/information sources.

UN Convention to Combat Desertification Information Network
Objective is to provide information services on the subject of desertification. Background on the phenomenon, key international documents, and directory of organizations conducting work in this area.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Provides access to the official documents maintained or received by the UNCCD Secretariat and is a general source of information on the topic of desertification for the interested public.

Web Resources on Desertification
Links to web sites providing information on desertification worldwide.

The Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification
Page includes summaries of daily discusses, which featured concerned nations from around the world. Past event took place in Dakar, Senegal. (November 30, 1998)

First UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Purpose of meeting was to discuss the problem of land degradation and to offer suggestions to prevent this phenomena. Page includes list of participating countries and their ideas. Took place 29 September - 10 October 1997, Rome Italy. (September 29, 1997)


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