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Updating Desertification Database and Production of a Revised Edition of the World Atlas of Desertification

Desertification Database Atlas

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Updating Desertification Database and Production of a Revised Edition of the World Atlas of Desertification

Pays : Global

Projet de recherche pour le Développement :

DFID Programme : Environment Studies

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Managing Institutes : Environment Policy Department, Department for International Development (EPD)

Durée : Start Date : 01-05-1996 End Date : 30-12-1997

Updating the database will fulfill demands made on UNEP for the latest information on desertification. This database requires an on-going effort to keep it as an updated credible scientific information source. It will contribute to an improved policy- relevant assessment of dryland degradation. Publication of relevant information through the atlas and in electronic form will contribute to UNEPs’ ability to fulfill the demands for increased awareness raising on desertification laid down in the Convention to Combat Desertification. The production of the revised edition of the Atlas will further enhance global awareness of dryland and desertification issues, and help in the implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification. Both elements are major specified outputs of the Land Sub-programme

In conformity with the requests of Governing Council 18/26.2, under the 1996-1997 biennium programme of work in Caring for Land Resources, DEDC-PAC is undertaking to collate and present the latest scientific knowledge on the drylands by an updating of the UNEP database on desertification. This activity forms part of UNEP’s ongoing effort in assessment. The dissemination of the new information to a wide public is the major programme activity for the awareness raising programme on the drylands. It is planned to carry out that assignment through the production and dissemination of a Revised World Atlas of Desertification. The first edition of the World Atlas of Desertification, produced in 1992 to coincide with the holding of UNCED, showed that desertification was affecting many millions of people living in over 100 countries, including the United States, CIS countries, Africa, Asia, Central and South America and Australia. The first edition represented the then current stage of our understanding of desertification, its extent and possible solutions. The maps allowed comparisons between regions, and between varying degrees of soil degradation, both within regions, and between continents. 50 copies of the Atlas were sold and distributed all over the world. The audience were students and lecturers of universities and higher learning institutions, research workers, government officials, policy-makers and decision-makers. The Atlas was decribed as ,being by far the best illustrated source of information about the global extent and severity of desertification that has yet been published,. As the Atlas is sold out now, and there is high demand for it, there is a need to update the first edition with the new information currently available and print it in time for landmark meetings, in 1997. Much more research and monitoring on desertification has been done since the first publication in 1992. Since UNCED, the UN convention to Combat Desertification (UN-CCD) has been negotiated and signed by 15 countries. Updates have been carried out in many affected countries so as to report to the CSD and the INCD. It is increasingly being recognised that desertification is a major economic, social, and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world. UN-CCD also supports a new, integrated approach to the problem of emphasising action to promote sustainable development at the community level. Local examples of success are currently being promoted by UNEP. The revised edition of the Atlas will be aimed at the scientific academic research communities, as well as technicians involved in decision-making and policy recommendation. Publication has been approved by the Editorial Board.

Total Cost to DFID : £33,000

Présentation : UKAID

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