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Drylands include sub-humid, semi-arid and arid lands, most of which are located in developing countries. Dryland ecosystem services include water and nutrient cycling, food and fibre, as well as carbon sequestration and climate regulation. Drylands are characterised by extremely high levels of climatic uncertainty. Climate change impacts such as higher temperatures, lower rainfall, and even more variability aggravate the constant decrease of productivity of these fragile soils. An ecosystem-based approach to adaptation, which includes restoration and renovation, represents an opportunity for new and more sustainable investments and improved ecosystem management for the benefit of livelihoods.

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Lanying Wang & Qun Li
20 Dec 2018
Globally, 70% of freshwater is used for agriculture. According to the World Bank, in order to feed 9 billion people by 2050, agricultural production and water withdrawals will be...
© Zheng et al., 2013
27 Dec 2017
Since 2006, Paddy Land-to-Dry Land (PLDL) programme has been implemented in the Miyun Reservoir Watershed to relieve Beijing’s water crisis as inflows into the reservoir...
Tan Haishi
16 Dec 2017
This case study describes the use of diverse water harvesting and water saving technologies to mitigate the effects of recurrent drought, extreme weather and general decline in...
Oxfam Hong Kong
27 Nov 2017
The poorest people are often perceived as the hardest hit by climate change, especially those living in rural areas in developing countries. This case study presents a project in...
Yu Liu
27 Feb 2017
Yangou watershed is located in the Loess Plateau, where slope gradients are greater than 25 degrees and suffers soil erosion, ecological degradation, water scarcity and poverty,...
1 Feb 2017
Soil erosion is one of the most serious environmental problems in China. In 2000, the area prone to erosion by wind and water was 3.57 million km2, accounting for 37.6% of the...
Adapted from NASA Earth Observatory satellite imagery
2 Jun 2015
The objective of the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI) is to provide people living in drylands, including nomadic communities, with additional livelihoods while enhancing their...
13 Jan 2015
Over a period of more than 2,500 years, China constructed and maintained its Great Wall to repel invasions and control its borders. Despite stretching over more than 21,000 km,...