Gulf Cooperation Council
Network for Drylands Research & Development

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الأراضي القاحلة و التطوير

Fundamental Causes of Land Degradation and Desertification


Land degradation is mainly caused by population growth, unsustainable human activities and climate change. This in consequence deteriorates the already harsh conditions for the people living in drylands.





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A lesson learned according to experiences, which the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) of the University of Oslo has gained from the last 10 years of undertaking interdisciplinary research on development and environment is:


"Sustainable development is a political, ethical, social issue as much as it is a technical issue. More research therefore needs to be done in the ‘soft’ sciences - concerning norms, cultural values, political processes, and ‘institutions’ in the wider sense of the word.


McNeill, D. / García-Godos, J.: Academic experiences of interdisciplinary research, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, Norway , 2005


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