(From the back cover)
Drylands are rich in plant and animal species that are specifically adapted to living in arid and harsh conditions. Drylands also are home to resilient peoples, who make use of the dryland resources and seek to maintain the precarious balance between soils, water, vegetation, animals and people. These people have a long history of living with their environment, not just living from it.
Today with climate change, growing populations and more frequent conflicts over resources, the fragile balance of dryland ecosystems is increasingly in danger. Yet, all over the world, dryland communities are finding ways to maintain or restore this balance, adapting their practices and coming up with innovative and inspiring responses to reverse the constant threats of land degradation, desertification and subsequent loss in the productivity of the land. These examples show us the value of investing in drylands, which contain many valuable resources, provide valuable services and play a key role in meeting global food requirements. Such investment is all the more urgent since two-thirds of people suffering from serious and permanent under-nourishment live in drylands, 70% of which are currently being degraded.
Drynet is a network of committed civil society organisations that work together with dryland communities. This report highlights a few of the many positive developments happening in dryland regions that Drynet’s partners are either involved in or have documented. These examples show us how, with sufficient dedication and inventiveness, drylands can be sustainably managed and livelihoods
strengthened, thereby helping to reduce (or eradicate) poverty and hunger. Drynet will continue to represent the views and experiences of dryland communities and people. Our aim is to build strong civil society platforms that are capable of bridging the gap between local dryland realities and political and development processes. We invite everyone concerned with the well-being of dryland communities and environments to become involved and join us in these efforts.
Building One Million Water Cisterns - Brazil
Using a Flower to Combat Desertification - Turkey
The Largest Reforestation Effort in Africa Goes Unnoticed - Niger
Drynet: a Global Initiative Giving Future to Drylands
A Greener Approach to Cultivating the "Golden Grain" - Bolivia
Villages and the Iranian Government Aligning their Interests - Iran
From Heirloom to Unique Selling Point - India
Working the Fields for Healthy Soils - South Africa
NGO's and Journalists Making Land Degradation Public - Uzbekistan
A Living Example of Traditional Knowledge - Iran
Fishermen Catching Clouds for an Alternative Livelihood - Chile
Adapting to Climate Change: a Mulit-Functional Response - Pakistan
Fine-Tuning Farming Techniques through Farmer Schools - Senegal
Reviving the Green Lungs of the City - Mauritania
Fighting the Tiokatimo Winds: Farmers Experiments - Madagascar
Indigenous Communities Responding to Monoculture Tree Plantations - Chile
One Million Signatures for Soil Conservation - Turkey
Cooking Up Fuel Solutions - Mauritania