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Conserving Mountain Lands: in Loja Province, EcuadorIn 1999, the Live Fences project was honored with the “Saving the Drylands” Award of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Brazil.

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MATALLO, Heitor
RCU Coordinator

Acevedo, JACOB
Oficial de Programa Asociado / Associate Programme Officer 

Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
Offices N-27 and N-40, Northern Building, Division of CELADE
Dag Hammarskjöld 3477
Postal Code: 7630412
Vitacura, Santiago de Chile
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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.
 

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Latin America & Carribean: Regional cooperation

The Regional Annex for Latin America and the Caribbean strongly emphasizes the need for sustainable development. The Convention to Combat Desertification has strong political support in the region. All countries in the region have already joined the Convention and its issues are becoming part and parcel of the national agendas on sustainable development and combating poverty.

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