IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and UNCCD: Publication "Conserving Dryland Biodiversity"

IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and UNCCD have published Conserving Dryland Biodiversity, the first comprehensive analysis of the plant and animal species as well as human populations of the drylands of the world.

Crucially, it shows how to conserve biodiversity, while protecting the land from degradation and improving the livelihoods of the rural communities that live and directly depend on it.

The invitation to participate provided an opportunity for the CMS Secretariat to further enhance its collaboration with partners. CMS contributed to the publication in its capacity as the recognized lead expert of CBD on migratory species to highlight the mutually beneficial relationship between them and their arid habitats. Arid lands provide an important refuge for many threatened migratory species, which play an important role in keeping the soil fertile. The publication features arid land mammals such as the Bactrian camel and the Saiga antelope, which cover large distances during their migrations and depend directly on interconnected and intact steppe ecosystems for their survival. Read on