UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Nexus between Land Degradation and Climate Change

Combating desertification could help tackle other global crises – UN official

29 October 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) told a news conference at UN

Headquarters, NY, US, that “the nexus between land degradation and climate

change is clear,” with global warming being likely to lead to more extreme

weather events, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.


highlighted that soil offers an opportunity to solve “most of the ongoing

global crises.” Gnacadja said that, but looking at the untapped potential of the

soil to sequester carbon, we not only can address climate change but we also

“are improving biodiversity of the soil ecosystem and improving the

productivity of the soil, therefore impacting the livelihoods of affected

populations.” [UN

News Release]