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Governing Global Desertification : Linking Environmental Degradation, Poverty and Participation

Par: Pierre Marc Johnson, Karel Mayrand and Marc Paquin , 2006-06-01

 Desertification affects 70 per cent of all arable lands on the planet in more than 100 countries. Inextricably linked to poverty, it is estimated that the livelihood of 250 million people are directly affected while another billion living in rural drylands are threatened by this phenomenon.
This volume examines the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed in 1994. It studies the linkages between land degradation and poverty, the role of civil society and good governance in implementing the UNCCD and the various approaches to fighting desertification. Furthermore, this volume assesses the National Action Programmes, development planning and new avenues for strengthening implementation.
Synthesising the main strengths and weaknesses of the UNCCD as a tool for environmental and developmental governance, this informative volume highlights the main challenges facing the UNCCD in the future.
Reviews:
’While there are many books and articles written about the scientific causes and effects of desertification, there are few that integrate the political, social, economic and scientific aspects. Governing Global Desertification fills this void through its analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the Convention to Combat Desertification and this serious problem that affects over 2 billion people.’
Dr Pamela S. Chasek, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada
’Ten years after ratification, there’s been limited progress with the Convention to Combat Desertification. This collection of papers helps shed light on why the donors have been reluctant to get involved, and looks forward to the challenges of the next ten years. A valuable set of insights on a complex global institution.’
Dr Camilla Toulmin, Director, International Institute for Environment & Development, UK
Contents:
1. The United Nations Convention to combat desertification in global sustainable development governance - Pierre Marc Johnson, Karel Mayrand, and Marc Paquin
2. The scientific basis : links between land degradation, drought and desertification - Stefanie M Herrmann and Charles F. Hutchinson
3. Examining the links between poverty and land degradation : from blaming the poor towards recognising the rights of the poor - Sally-Anne Way
4. Desertification and migration - Michelle Leighton
5. Negotiating desertification - Adil Najam
6. The United Nations and the fight against desertification : what role for the UNCCD Secretariat ? - Steffen Bauer
7. Civil society’s role in negotiating and implementing the UNCCD - Friederike Knabe
8. Promoting good governance through the implementation of the UNCCD - Lene Poulsen and Masse Lo
9. The global mechanism and UNCCD financing : constraints and opportunities - Francois Falloux, Suzanne Tressler, and Karel Mayrand
10. Decentralisation and sustainable resources management in West Africa : a line of action for revisiting NAPs - Richard Pearce
11. Knowledge and the UNCCD : The community exchange and training programme - Noel Oettle
12. Agriculture, trade, and desertification : implications for UNCCD - Karel Mayrand and Marc Paquin
13. Conclusion : the UNCCD at a crossroad - Pierre Marc Johnson, Karel Mayrand, and Marc Paquin
Appendix : United Nations convention to combat desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa ;

Bibliography ; Index.
For more information consult the following pdf file

Governing_Global_Desertification (PDF)
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