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.
The "Programme of Catalytic Support to Implement the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in West Asia and North Africa" is the Arab States component of the Integrated Drylands Development Programme (IDDP) implemented by UNDP's Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification. Financed by the Government of Finland, the overall objective of this programme is to support CCD implementation and drylands development in West Asia and North Africa, leading to improved livelihoods and ecosystems. The Programme operates in 6 countries namely: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia – in North Africa – and Lebanon, Syria and Jordan – in West Asia.
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