More than 40% of the earth is considered to be drylands. Despite the poor quality of such lands (soil degradation, low soil fertility) and its climate (low rainfall, high evaporation rate) people depend on it for their survival through practicing agriculture.
"Climate change may […] serve as a driver for implementation of sustainable land management for both mitigation and adaptation, while also providing pathways to meet the actions called for in the context of UNCBD and UNCCD, and for enhancing sustainable and enhanced productivity to address hunger."
Pastoralists often live in marginal environments with poor access to infrastructure, few subsistence alternatives beyond livestock, and thus are highly vulnerable to environmental and climatic changes.
DCG has a long term committment to working with the implementation of the UNCCD in our partner countries. This convention is unique in the way that it links environment and development with the ultimate goal of increasing food security and alleviating poverty in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas around the world.
One of the characteristics of dryland areas is low and erratic rainfall often leading to droughts. Recurring droughts may then lead to land degradation further threatening agriculture and food security.