Governing Global Desertification: Linking Environmental Degradation, Poverty and Participation

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Pierre-Marc Johnson, Karel Mayrand, Marc Paquin
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Political Science - 292 pages
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Desertification affects 70 per cent of all arable lands on the planet in more than 100 countries. Inextricably linked to poverty, it is estimated that the livelihood of 250 million people are directly affected while another billion living in rural drylands are threatened by this phenomenon. This volume examines the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed in 1994. It studies the linkages between land degradation and poverty, the role of civil society and good governance in implementing the UNCCD and the various approaches to fighting desertification. Furthermore, this volume assesses the National Action Programmes, development planning and new avenues for strengthening implementation. Synthesising the main strengths and weaknesses of the UNCCD as a tool for environmental and developmental governance, this candid and informative volume highlights the main challenges facing the UNCCD in the future.
 

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Dr Pierre Marc Johnson has been counsel to Heenan Blaikie, Canada, since 1996. He is advisor to various international institutions, including the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NAFTA parallel institution) and the UNCCD Secretariat. He has also chaired Committees of the Conference of Parties of the UNCCD and has mediated Convention related issues between OECD and developing countries in the last decade. Karel Mayrand is co-founder and Director of Research at Unisfera International Centre, Canada - an independent, not-for-profit research centre on sustainable development policy and law. He also lectures on environment and international development issues at the Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada. His fields of expertise are trade policy and the environment, agricultural policies, rural development and desertification. Marc Paquin is a lawyer and MBA specializing in international and comparative environment and sustainable development law and policy. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Unisfera International Centre, Canada and is also a lecturer at the Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada. Throughout his career Mr Paquin has worked on various assignments for governments, intergovernmental organizations and the private sector.

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