Environmental migration is shaping up to be one of this century’s biggest policy challenges. At present, there are an estimated 50 million environmental refugees worldwide, many of whom have been forced to leave their homes due to food and water insecurity or lack of employment opportunities, often as a direct result of degrading natural resources.
Warsaw, 19 November 2013. ‘Land belongs to the future, let’s climate proof it!’ is the slogan for next year’s World Day to Combat Desertification and drought. It captures the theme of ecosystem-based adaptation for 2014 and underscores the urgent need for action to protect healthy ecosystems and to manage productive land sustainably.
A new project dubbed BRICKS -- Building Resilience through Innovation, Communication and Knowledge Services – is the latest addition to the rapidly expanding bouquet of projects under the Great Green Wall of the Sahel and Sahara Initiative (GGWSSI).
By Elisabeth Barsk-Rundquist, Director of Programmes and Officer-in-Charge of the Global Mechanism. Published as a Guest Article on the IISD Land Policy and Practice website
As we edge ever closer to a post-2015 development era, the time is ripe to step up integrated, landscape-based solutions to tackle the triple challenge of climate change, biodiversity conservation and land degradation.