Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in Latin America & Caribbean
Although well known for its rain forests, Latin America and the Caribbean is actually about one-quarter desert and drylands
(20,533,000 km2). The hyper-arid deserts of the Pacific coast stretch from southern Ecuador, the entire Peruvian shoreline and northern Chile. Further inland, at altitudes of 3,000-4,500 meters, high and dry plains (Altiplano) of the Andean mountains cover large areas of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.