The International Convention to Combat Desertification: Drawing a Line in the Sand?

The purpose of this article is to assess the potential efficacy of the Convention in the face of devastation of the world’s dryland resources. In this pursuit, I will: 1) Outline the causes and implications of desertification; 2) Present a brief history of past efforts to battle desertification; 3) Discuss the contours and the Convention; and 4) Assess the prospects for the Convention to make a meaningful difference in the struggle to save the world’s land.