Planet Earth or Planet Desert?
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CTA. 2005. Planet Earth or Planet Desert?. Spore 118. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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There are many causes for degradation, including bushfires, over-exploitation of forests, intense drought. But, equally, there are many ways of reducing the gradual desertification of the planet by restoring riverbanks, managing soil in a sustainable
If the word earth is taken in its literal sense to mean mineral and organic matter which allows various plants to flourish, then the planet Earth is gradually losing its right to bear that name, claim the authors of the Education Kit on Combating Desertification in the opening chapter of their book. During the past 20 years, billions of tonnes of fertile soil (the equivalent of the land surface of the United States) have become so badly degraded that nothing at all can grow there. The soils are either lacking in minerals, humus or water or have quite simply disappeared, swept away by wind or water. There are many causes for this degradation, including bushfires, over-exploitation of forests, intense drought. But, equally, there are many ways of reducing the gradual desertification of the planet by restoring riverbanks, managing soil in a sustainable fashion, planting live hedges to protect against wind erosion and create artificial shade. In order to make some of these techniques known to teachers and pupils of primary and secondary schools, UNESCO has produced this education kit. The training package includes a comic strip, a large wall map, a teaching manual and a collection of 12 case studies, including examples from the Gambia and Kenya. The kit is designed to be used anywhere and everywhere in schools, villages and in the home. The aim is for every child and every school to become involved in small-scale local projects to combat desertification. You could say this is a survival kit for the planet. Education Kit on Combating Desertification Edited by R Boulharouf & T Schaaf UNESCO/MAB, 2003 ISBN 92 3 103892 3 30 Éditions UNESCO 7 place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP France Website: http://upo.unesco.org/details.aspx?Code_Livre=4110