Pulling together scientific knowledge, developing policy and societal change will be needed for sustainable restoration of degraded drylands. The role of this expert group is to bring research results and questions to a broader set of stakeholders and policy makers as well as to broaden the geographical perspective of expert representation.
The Expert Group kick-started with the inception meeting on the 12th of June 2014 and set the timeline for the future activities. The ways to increase public awareness about land restoration were the main focus of this meeting.
The food security discourse has weak focus on the agro-pastoral systems typical for sub-Saharan drylands. These regions have 40% planetary land cover and host 1/3 of its population - often among the poorest. Much of these lands are degraded for food security and livelihood potentials. Trees are important structural components in these systems and related to attempts of restoration.
Degradation of soils is a worldwide phenomenon and has various affects on environment, primarily in terms of ecosystems and biodiversity loss, contributing to desertification and, hence, increasing vulnerability to climate change. This range of interrelated issues is attributed to unsustainable land use practices and continuously growing further demand for land.