Desertification as a Global Issue

A glance at the plethora of definitions that seek to capture the essence of desertification is helpful to underscore just how contested the concept of desertification remains to this day in the fora of public policy as well as in academic circles [5-10]. Far more than one hundred definitions are dispersed throughout the literature of the natural and social sciences, thereby reflecting the prevalent taxonomic confusion as much as promoting it [11]. Much of the current debates about what desertification is and how it should be addressed as a global policy issue converge, however, around the definition provided in the UNCCD. Although this definition is inevitably disputed in its own right, it provides a useful point of reference. In the following, I will use the convention's definition, in which desertification is defined as "land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities" [12].

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