Development of dry forests central to combating desertification: Ban

Irna: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Day to Combat Desertification, June 17, 2011, emphasized that the management, conservation and sustainable development of dry forests are central to combating desertification. According to a press release issued by the UN Information Center (UNIC) here on Wednesday, the full text of his message reads: “The people who live in the arid lands, which occupy more than 40 per cent of our planet, are among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable......

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