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    The mechanized microcatchment water-harvesting system is an innovation that combines traditional practices and modern technologies to restore land productivity, improve soil conservation and harvest water in degraded drylands. The present document is the second of a set of three documents: 1) the “good practice template” or the document used to filled all the information to assess and standardize the good practice ; 2) the “2 pager” that is already a dissemination product for donors and funding organizations containing an overview of the practice; 3) the “good practice fact sheet” a more comprehensive dissemination tool meant for extension agents and field operators.
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    Drylands cover about 41 percent of the Earth’s land surface and are home to 2 billion people, the majority of whom depend on forests and other wooded lands, grasslands and trees on farms for income and to meet basic needs. Yet surprising little is known about such ecosystems in drylands, despite widespread recognition of the need to restore drylands to cope with the effects of drought, desertification, land degradation and climate change. This document presents preliminary results of the first g lobal assessment of trees, forests and land use in drylands. It reports, among other things, that the global drylands contain 1.11 billion hectares of forest, which is more than one-quarter of the global forest area. There are also about 13.5 billion trees outside forests in drylands. More than 200 experts with knowledge of the land and land uses in specific dryland regions conducted the assessment, using freely available satellite imagery and a newly developed survey methodology. The pioneering study by FAO and many partners will be fully reported later in 2016.

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