Restoring drylands to address climate change threat

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Larch trees in Mongolia's Altansumber forest. Photo: FAO/Sean Gallagher

Drylands are under threat because of climate change but restoring them could help cope with the effects of drought, desertification.

That's according to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which revealed for the first time the presence of trees, forests and land use in global drylands.

The desert, arid or semi-arid regions are home to 2 billion people on Earth and are major contributors to the world's breadbasket.

Trees protect soils, crops and animals from the sun and winds, while forests are often rich in biodiversity.

Sandra Ferrari began by asking Nora Berrahmouni, a drylands forestry officer with FAO in Rome where these drylands were located?

Duration: 3'06''

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