Sustainable Population Policies: Addressing Overpopulation as an Indirect Driver of Desertification


Convener: Alon Tal, Tel Aviv University

There are a range of direct drivers responsible for the desertification of drylands – from overgrazing to deforestation. Yet in most cases, these phenomena are a reflection of underlying population pressures from demographic growth. Indeed the Convention to Combat Desertification specifically mentions the role of demographic dynamics, but rarely are these dynamics ever addressed in academic or practical forums that seek to seek solution to desertification. The session will bring leading demographic experts and development practitioners to discuss a range of interventions – from family planning to women empowerment programs which have been successfully implemented in dryland countries with an eye towards making policy recommendations that can be scaled up across affected countries.