The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited comments on a draft Water Policy Advocacy Framework, which seeks to provide a framework for the Secretariat to advocate for the development of water resource management policies at country level.

This booklet contains several examples of projects in the land degradation focal area and notes synergies in combating climate change. Land degradation affects more than 33 percent of the planet

Environmentalists and civil society activists from Asia-Pacific and African countries vulnerable to global warming Wednesday urged the industrialised nations to act urgently for greenhouse gas emission cut from 1990 levels by at 95 per cent within 2050.

In 1997, more than 100 nations gathered to adopt the UN Watercourses Convention-a flexible and overarching global legal framework that establishes basic standards and rules for cooperation between watercourse states on the use, management, and protection of international watercourses.

Authorities in China aim to halt the spread of the desert in Tibet by next year, hoping to stem the effects of years of mining, tree-felling and overgrazing, state media said on Thursday
Desertification is spreading by 98,000 acres annually in Tibet, an official at the regional forestry bureau was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency

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The 2009 World Day to Combat Desertification focuses on the theme: Conserving land and water = Securing our common future.

Sustainable development depends on intact ecosystems and their services. This is why environmental protection in the context of sustainable development is a key concern in development cooperation.

Leaders of Sylhet Division Development Action Council (SDDAC) yesterday demanded the resignation of Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen, Shipping Minister Dr Afsarul Amin and withdrawal of Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty for their controversial remarks on Tipaimukh Dam who earlier said that the dam on Borak River would not cause any harm to Bangladesh.

Flash floods, wildfires and heatwaves brought on by climate change could test Europe's ability to insure against and respond to natural disasters, a new report warns.

Flooding of the Nile Delta and further desertification of north Africa could also unleash a wave of migrants from Europe's southern neighbours, said delegates at the launch of the European Union-backed ADAM report.

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