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UNEP, International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC), World Atlas of Desertification, 1997
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Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Soil degradation is a key global environmental indicator. Very degraded soils are found especially in semi-arid areas (Sub-Saharan Africa, Chile), areas with high population pressure (China, Mexico, India) and regions undergoing deforestation (Indonesia). Degraded soils reduce the possibilities for agriculture, increases the expansion of drylands/desert and hightens the risk for erosion. This map presents the state of global soil degradation, from the GLASOD study in 1997.