Restoring Earth's degraded land

Reversing man-made deserts. Reviving agricultural land.

Each year one percent of the world’s arable land is lost to erosion, and this is increasing poverty, migration, conflict and global warming. At the request of Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the Forum focused on how to turn this situation around. The result was a day which, in Mr Gnacadja’s words, ‘more than fulfilled my expectations, and was fully in keeping with Caux’s tradition as an incubator of change’.

Selection of perspectives from the Forum

A strategy for soil restoration - Luc Gnacadja, Benin, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Land restoration in China – Loess Plateau - John Liu, USA, Founder, Environmental Education Media Project

Renewable energy bridging continents - Tom Duncan, Australia, Director of Policy, ASEAN-Australia, Desertec Asia-Australia Research Organisation

The motivation for environmental advocacy - Jennifer Helgeson, USA, Grantham School of Climate Research, London School of Economics

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