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+ 12.12.2009 + Climate change in drylands and how to cope with it.

Drylands cover more than one third of the world’s terrestrial area. Land degradation in these regions is a driver of climate change. Conversely, dryland ecosystems and populations are among those most affected by the adverse effects of such change. Yet the linkages between climate change and dryland degradation have so far scarcely featured in climate policy debate.

 

This book gives the first comprehensive overview of the state of research on the complex issues surrounding ´climate change and drylands`. It reveals systematically the various interrelations and feedback mechanisms, with detailed information about the contribution of drylands to climate change, recent and projected climatic changes and their impacts on drylands. The authors also discuss how sustainable land management can be made part of the response to climate change. The book compiles facts and figures, charts the way forward, and highlights knowledge gaps, uncertainties and research questions.

 

It will provide a compendium for all scientists, development practitioners and policymakers with an interest in the major global environmental challenges: desertification and land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change.

 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH

As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally-owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.

 

Working under difficult conditions, GTZ promotes complex reforms and change processes. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis.

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