Global Drylands Initiative at the UNFF10 Istanbul Turkey April 2013
Side event on ‘Dry forests: Drought, water scarcity and the global development agenda’
Sustainable management and restoration of dry forests (forest ecosystems in drylands) contribute greatly to tackling the challenges of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought. In many drylands, forests protect the water towers and humid zones that are pivotal for ecosystem function. Dry forests also provide essential seasonal safety nets – sources of secondary income and grazing reserves – for dryland residents. Restoring and sustainably managing these zones reduces the risk of drought, increases ecosystem resilience and strengthens adaptive capacities.
Bisan Adhi Game Reserve, Garbatulla Kenya
On 12th April 2013, the Global Drylands Initiative in collaboration with UNCCD organised a side event on Dry forests: Drought, water scarcity and the global development agenda. This event was to observe the UN Decade on Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification. The event shared experiences and lessons in sustainably managing and restoring dry forests to raise awareness of the links between deforestation, ecosystem degradation and drought. The side event consisted of three expert presentations followed by discussions on the implications of improved dry forest management for drought risk reduction.
With more lands around the world facing degradation, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2010-2020 as the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification. The UNDDD promotes action to protect the drylands and is an opportunity to safeguard the role of drylands in protecting humanity's wellbeing. Sustainable management and restoration of dry forests is an essential component of this action.