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➔ Desertification will worsen already dry areas as heat rises and rainfall declines

➔ Although global climate change brings more rain, most of it will fall in the far north and south, while rainfall in the tropical zones, home to much of the world’s drylands, is likely to decline as heat rises

➔ Millions of hectares of agricultural land in these areas are experiencing an increase in aridity, compounding other degradation taking place

➔ Climate change in the world’s drylands will further impede human development progress for some of the world’s poorest groups

➔ Sustainable land management strategies can help prevent desertification, but restoration of already degraded lands is difficult and costly