Combating Desertification


This resource for Geography teachers at junior and senior post-primary level explores the nature and definition of desertification; where it occurs; its causes, consequences and solutions and what we ourselves can do about it.

Author: Education Department of Concern

Publisher: Concern Worldwide

Year: 2006

Pages: 24

Country of Origin: Ireland

Keywords: analysis, climate change, desertification, geography, information, secondary, senior and junior level post-primary, sub-saharan africa, teacher, the sahel

Target Audience: senior cycle, 16+ years, junior cycle, 12-15 years

Curriculum Subjects: geography, civic social and political education, education for sustainable development

Available Formats: activity pack, research document

Tags: Education, Environment, Gender, School, Teaching, Women's Rights

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This resource has a number of key objectives – to raise awareness of desertification; to show how it impacts on the MDGs; to provide teachers a solid background on desertification; to encourage teachers and students to act locally to combat desertification and to demonstrate that desertification can be tackled.

The resource reviews the Convention to Combat Desertification and how it links with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and with the Convention on Biological Diversity – all three Conventions arose from the 1992 Earth Summit.  The concentration is on the Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with some brief additional materials.  

24 pages in length, the resource has 3 core sections – on defining and understanding desertification; on its impact and consequences and on biodiversity and what we can do (with many practical examples).  It includes a broad range of facts and information plus student worksheets with answers.  The resource complements course units on Geo-Ecology; Global Interdependence; The Dynamics of Population; and Patterns and Processes in the Physical Environment (II) External Forces.

At Junior Certificate level the resource relates directly to the themes of Primary Economic Activity; Economic Inequality; Climate and Natural Resources; Population Distribution, Diversity and Change.

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