UNCCD executive secretary highlights link between land degradation and climate change

“The land can be… an opportunity to solve most of the ongoing global crises,” Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), told a news conference in New York.

“If we want to tackle climate change challenges, we must look to the untapped potential of the soil to sequester carbon,” said Mr. Gnacadja, calling it a “win-win” situation. “By doing that, we are improving biodiversity of the soil ecosystem and improving the productivity of the soil, therefore impacting the livelihoods of affected populations.”

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=28756&Cr=desertification&Cr1

At the recent Slow Food conference in Turin, Italy, Vandana Shiva spoke about the need for carbon farming. Noted commentator Tom Philpott on Grist:

Where Gore dreams of a "low-carbon" or even "carbon-free" world, Shiva pines for a "carbon-rich" future -- one in which agriculture systematically builds organic matter into the soil, capturing it from the atmosphere.

http://gristmill.grist.org/print/2008/10/25/904/94558?show_comments=no