Combating desertification in the EU: a growing threat in need of more action

30th January 2019

Desertification is a form of land degradation in drylands and it is a growing threat in the EU.

Its effects will be particularly acute in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania.

The European Court of Auditors report found that the risk of desertification in the EU was not being effectively and effi­ciently addressed. While desertification and land degradation are growing threats, the steps taken to combat desertification lack coherence.

The report recommends to the Commission to better aim at un­derstanding land degradation and desertification in the EU; assessing the need to enhance the EU legal framework for soil; and stepping up efforts towards delivering the commitment made by the EU and the Member States to achieve land degradation neutrality in the EU by 2030.

You can download the report here