International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security
The Interplay between Local Socioeconomic and Biophysical Processes
University of Hamburg, Department of Economics and Policy, Center for International Relations, Germany
Induced by population stress, the low-rainfall ecologies of Northern Nigeria have been experiencing continuous land degradation characterized by extensive desertification. Undisputed, this region serves as a good example when it comes to the relationship between desertification and human vulnerability: While approximately more than 32 million people are directly affected by this phenomenon, the majority of the rest of Africa’s most populous nation is living in extreme poverty and therefore suffering from the indirect consequences of this environmental disaster.
Keywords: Desertification, Human Security, Nigeria, UNCCD, Rent Dissipation