11 September 2009 | Video
With more than 2 billion people living in dryland areas, the importance of drylands for development and conservation cannot be overstated.
Neville Ash, Head of IUCN's Ecosystem Management Programme, explains why drylands are important and the philosophy behind the Union's wider view on drylands management.
1. What are drylands?
2. What are the ecosystem services they provide?
3.What is in the focus of attention of IUCN's work on drylands?