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Over forty percent of the world is drylands; about 2.3 billon people live there.

One billion of these people depend directly upon the natural resources of the drylands for their livelihoods; many of them are poor and marginalized.
This accounts for close to half of the world's poor.



UNDP's Drylands Development Centre (DDC), formerly the Office to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNSO), originated in 1973 as the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office. It was created in response to the severe effects of recurrent droughts in the Sahel, and became widely known by its acronym, UNSO. DDC is located in Nairobi with a mandate to assist countries in fighting poverty and encourage development in the drylands of the world. Click here to read more about the Drylands Development Centre...

The Drylands Development Centre launched its framework programme, the Integrated Drylands Development Programme (IDDP), in 2002 with the aim of helping countries to move from strategy development to actual implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on the ground.The IDDP is the vehicle through which the support of DDC is delivered to programme countries; it is currently under implementation in 19 countries in Africa and the Arab States. Click here to read more about the Integrated Drylands Development Programme (IDDP)... 

The DDC Arab States Programme (DDC-AS) is the regional component of IDDP; it  was launched in January 2001 as a partnership between UNDP and the Government of Finland. It was developed to move forward the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and currently promotes drylands development in six countries namely, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Click here to read more about the Arab States Programme...


UNDP & Drylands Development

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