chapter  5
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The future we want

Putting aspirations for a land degradation neutral world into practice in the GCA region
ByWang Feng, Victor R. Squires, Lu Qi

Land degradation is a major environmental problem affecting the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people. Global estimates of total degraded land areas vary from less than 10 million km2 to over 60 million km2, of which Asia contributes 40% on average (Gibbs and Salmon, 2015). Vast areas of Central Asia (defined below) and Northeast Asia, particularly in China and Mongolia, are under the threat of desertification and land degradation, and the situation is becoming even more challenging with climate change (Huang et al., 2016).