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Countries Awarded for Combating Crisis of Desertification

Six countries that are tackling the "silent, invisible crisis" of land erosion were chosen by the United Nations on Thursday to compete for an award aimed at combating the world's top threats.

Australia was shortlisted for making indigenous people guardians of more than 40 percent of its national reserves and Jordan for backing the sort of traditional farming pioneered by Bedouins to tackle "desertification", which can lead to drought.

Niger, Ethiopia, China and Brazil were also selected, either for projects that tackle the causes of land erosion, including deforestation and overgrazing, or for restoring land and soil to make farming more productive.

JB Dodane

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