Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands Proceedings of the Second International Workshop Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran

Schaaf, Thomas, Lee, Cathy and Simmonds, Paul ed. Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands Proceedings of the Second International Workshop Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran 2004 Shiraz. Paris: UNESCO, 2004.

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    Author Schaaf, Thomas
    Lee, Cathy
    Simmonds, Paul
    Title of Event Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands Proceedings of the Second International Workshop Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Date of Event 2004
    Place of Event Shiraz
    Organizer UNESCO
    Publication Date 2004
    Place of Publication Paris
    Publisher UNESCO
    Pages 137
    Language eng
    Abstract Nowhere is poverty more apparent than in ecologically fragile marginal lands where evidence of natural resource degradation is commonplace.The livelihoods of almost one billion people are at stake and the situation is becoming increasingly urgent. Over 40 per cent of the population resides on degraded lands.They are among the most fragile populations of the world – as fragile as the environment in which they live – and yet it is an environment that is unexpectedly biologically and culturally diverse. Hence, the United Nations University’s International Network on Water Environment and Health (UNU- INWEH), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) joined forces in order to implement a four-year project in the Arab States and in Asia. Drawing on the synergistic expertise of the three organizations, we hope to contribute to the rational use of dryland natural resources.The Project Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) aims to improve the livelihoods of dryland dwellers by reducing the vulnerability to land degradation in marginal lands by its rehabilitation through the application of community-based techniques that rely on both traditional knowledge and scientific expertise. The proceedings of the Second International SUMAMAD ProjectWorkshop held in Shiraz (Islamic Republic of Iran) from 29 November – 2 December 2003 provide up-to-date information on the ongoing sustainable management projects in the selected SUMAMAD Project sites. It also highlights the work continually being carried out in the marginal drylands in promoting the use of wise practices in the conservation of natural resources, and the importance of supporting local populations in their efforts toward the sustainable use of their natural resources. In fact, capacity-building is a major component of the project. UNESCO is grateful to UNU-INWEH and ICARDA for co-sponsoring the project and for their support of the project site managers in their search for solutions to combat land degradation. UNESCO also gratefully acknowledges the participation of the Flemish Government of Belgium and their substantial financial contribu- tion towards the project, as well as the valuable scientific contributions from Belgian dryland experts.We reserve a special mention to the Fars Research Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Shiraz (Islamic Republic of Iran) for their outstanding and efficient organization of the workshop.
    UNBIS Thesaurus NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    ECOSYSTEMS
    LAND DEGRADATION
    Copyright Holder United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Copyright Year 2004
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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