Trees, forests and land use in drylands：The first global assessment
- Drylands are a vital but often overlooked resource. Those that live in drylands depend on forests and other wooded lands, and grasslands for their livelihoods and to meet basic needs. Trees and forests in drylands also provide habitats for biodiversity, protect against erosion and desertification, and help increase the resilience of landscapes and communities in the face of global change. However, these ecosystems are vulnerable to water shortage, drought, desertification, land-use change and degradation, and climate change impacts, with dangerous ramifications for the food security, livelihood and well-being of their populations. Urgent action is needed to improve the management and restoration of drylands to achieve land degradation neutrality. The report - the first of its kind –provides a baseline for future monitoring and will support countries in their efforts to identify appropriate investments for the restoration and sustainable management of drylands.