Archive for May 11th, 2013

11/05/2013

'Don't Let Our Future Dry Up'!

Human Wrongs Watch

The theme of the 2013 World Day to Combat Desertification* is drought and water scarcity. Freshwater is valuable. Of all the water on Earth, only 2.5 per cent is freshwater. And of all this freshwater, the total usable supply for ecosystems and humans is less than 1 per cent. 

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

When demand for water exceeds available supply, it results in water scarcity. Drylands are particularly vulnerable to water scarcity. The projected intensification of freshwater scarcity will cause greater stresses in drylands. While each person needs at least 2,000 cubic meters of water for human well-being and sustainable development every year, on average, people in the drylands have access to only 1,300 cubic meters.

The goal of the 2013 World Day to Combat Desertification is to create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in the drylands and beyond, calling attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils as part of post Rio+20 agenda, as well as the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

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11/05/2013

Forests Can Play a Crucial Role in Improving Global Food Security, Nutrition

Human Wrongs Watch

The crops, animals and trees found in forests can play a crucial role in improving food security and nutrition around the world, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)*, which is hosting a gathering on the issue in Rome next week.

Forests for improved nutrition and food security. Photo: FAO

Forests for improved nutrition and food security. Photo: FAO

Forests cover nearly a third of the globe and provide an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood.

Forests are also the source of three-fourths of freshwater, help to regulate the impact of storms and floods and store carbon from the atmosphere. Also, more than three billion people depend on forests for wood for cooking and heating.

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