Fighting ‘existential crisis’ of encroaching desert sands

In a move described as a landmark decision, the Group of Earth Observations (GEO) – a UN-backed partnership set up to improve Earth observation data-sharing and availability, to benefit all life – has launched a global initiative to reverse the “existential crisis” created by desertification and land degradation.

Annan recommends more active support for desertification programme

In the face of growing concern over the exacerbation of desertification, particularly in Africa, more active support and a more timely response would be appreciated given the limited time available for the successful celebration next year of the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a recent report to the General Assembly.