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Terms of use

The use of this web site constitutes agreement with the following terms and conditions:

  • The United Nations secretariat to the Convention to Combat Desertification ("UNCCD secretariat") maintains thisweb site (the "Site") as a courtesy to those who may choose to access the Site ("Users"). The information presented herein is for informative purposes only. The UNCCD secretariat grants permission to Users to visit the Site and to download and copy the information, documents and materials (collectively, "Materials") from the Site for the User's personal, non-commercial use, without any right to resell or redistribute them or to compile or create derivative works therefrom, subject to the terms and conditions outlined below, and also subject to more specific restrictions that may apply to specific Material within this Site.
  • The UNCCD secretariat administers this Site. All Material on this Site from the UNCCD secretariat appears subject to the present Terms and Conditions.
  • Unless expressly stated otherwise, the findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed in the Materials on this Site are those of the various UNCCD secretariat staff members, consultants and advisers to the same secretariat who prepared the work and do not necessarily represent the views of the UNCCD secretariat or its Member States.

Materials provided on this Site are provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The UNCCD secretariat specifically does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any such Materials. The UNCCD secretariat periodically adds, changes, improves or updates the Materials on this Site without notice. Under no circumstances shall the UNCCD secretariat be liable for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from the use of this Site, including, without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay with respect thereto. The use of this Site is at the User's sole risk. Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, shall the UNCCD secretariat or its affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, even if the UNCCD secretariat has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

The User specifically acknowledges and agrees that the UNCCD secretariat is not liable for any conduct of any User.

This site may contain advice, opinions and statements of various information providers. The UNCCD secretariat does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided by any information provider, any User of this Site or any other person or entity. Reliance upon any such advice, opinion, statement, or other information shall also be at the User's own risk. Neither the UNCCD secretariat nor its affiliates, nor any of their respective agents, employees, information providers or content providers, shall be liable to any User or anyone else for any inaccuracy. Error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, alteration of or use of any content herein, or for its timeliness or completeness, nor shall they be liable for any failure of performance, computer virus or communication line failure, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting therefrom.

As a condition of use of this Site, the User agrees to indemnify the UNCCD secretariat and its affiliates from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of the User's use of this Site, including, without limitation, any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by the User of these Terms and Conditions. If the User is dissatisfied with any Material on this Site or with any of its Terms and Conditions of Use, the User's sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Site.

This Site may contain links and references to third-party web-sites. The linked sites are not under the control of the UNCCD secretariat, and the UNCCD secretariat is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The UNCCD secretariat provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link or reference does not imply the endorsement of the linked site by the UNCCD secretariat.

If this Site contains bulletin boards, chat rooms, access to mailing lists or other message or communication facilities (collectively, "Forums"), the User agrees to use the Forums only to send and receive messages and materials that are proper and related to the particular Forum. By way of example and not as a limitation, the User agrees that when using a Forum he or she shall not do any of the following:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
  • Publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information;
  • Upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy and publicity) unless the User owns or controls the rights thereto or has received all consents therefore as may be required by law;
  • Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer;
  • Delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded;
  • Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
  • Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests or chain letters, or download any file posted by another user of a Forum that the User knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.

The user acknowledges that all Forums and discussion groups are public and not private communications. Further, the User acknowledges that chats, postings, conferences, e-mails and other communications by other Users are not endorsed by the UNCCD secretariat, and that such communications shall not be considered to have been reviewed, screened or approved by the UNCCD secretariat. The UNCCD secretariat reserves the right to remove, for any reason and without limitation, e-mail and bulletin board postings.

Preservations of immunities

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the UNCCD secretariat, which are specifically reserved.


The UNCCD secretariat reserves its exclusive right in its sole discretion to alter, limit or discontinue the Site or any Materials in any respect. The UNCCD secretariat shall have no obligation to take the needs of any User into consideration in connection therewith.

The UNCCD secretariat reserves the right to deny in its sole discretion any user access to this Site or any portion thereof without notice.

No waiver by the UNCCD secretariat of any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall be binding except as set forth in writing and signed by its duly authorized representative.

Use of maps

The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on the maps in this website do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the UNCCD and the United Nations. Care was taken in the creation of this map. The UNCCD, its staff and contractors cannot accept any responsibility for errors, omissions, or positional accuracy or be held responsible for any damages due to errors or omissions in these maps. Depiction of boundaries is not authoritative. There are no warranties, expressed or implied, including the warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, accompanying these maps. However, notification of any errors will be appreciated.

Photo credits

Unless expressly stated otherwise, the photographs in this website are taken from the following sources:

  • The UNCCD photo contests in 2005, 2009 and 2013
  • 2015 International “Desertification” Photo Contest organized by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion, Türkiye
  • Selected photos from Land for Life: Securing our common future (2011) (… ) by courtesy of the GoodPlanet Foundation
  • The UNCCD Secretariat and the Global Mechanism including their staff members as well as the Parties to the Convention and partner organizations
  • Individual contributions
  • United Nations