Some strategic approaches to land restoration

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An estimated 340 million hectares of woody vegetation are degraded across Africa’s fragile dry areas – the result of rising populations, shifting land use patterns, and the adverse impacts of climate change.

This loss threatens the viability of rural livelihoods and ecosystems, topics delegates are preparing to discuss in the lead up to a Global Landscape Forum in Nairobi this month. Without roots to bind soils deforested lands are vulnerable to erosion and impaired soil health; clearing trees damages the structure and diversity of plant communities – bringing more disease and invasive species; habitats become fragmented – posing threats to biodiversity; and deforestation undermines the carbon sequestration potential of forests.

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