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2008

Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) Using Science to Promote Sustainable Development

UNESCO-MAB

Titre : Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) Using Science to Promote Sustainable Development

SUMAMAD Project Findings from Northern Africa to Asia

Editors : Cathy Lee and Thomas Schaaf
Publisher  : UNESCO-MAB
Date de parution : 2008
Pages : 268

Présentation
The world’s drylands are among the most vulnerable ecosystems on our planet. Desertification and land degradation are affecting huge land areas, jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of people. Unsustainable management practices in dryland cultivation and pastoralism have given rise to widespread soil erosion, reduction of the biological production of soils, reduction of vegetation cover, and depletion of surface and groundwater resources. In the context of global climate change, it is expected that drylands will suffer from higher frequencies and longer periods of drought, which will further threaten future improvements in human well being in these areas.

However, positive examples of managing drylands in a sustainable way exist. To put scientific knowledge at the service of improving dryland livelihood systems was the overarching aim of the Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) project. Drawing on the expertise of scientists and conservation experts working on the challenges imposed by drylands, this project supported dryland researchers in China, Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Tunisia and Uzbekistan. It helped them to situate the problems occurring in drylands within a much wider geographical context by exchanging scientific information in an interregional and collaborative manner. All the study teams involved in the SUMAMAD project have brought an invaluable store of knowledge to the fore on how we can indeed manage drylands more sustainably.

After more than six years of collaborative work among study teams from very diverse countries, the results of their studies have been summarized in this publication.

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