Al Ula - Arabia Saudí
03-04 of April
Arabia Saudí es hogar del desierto de arena continua más grande del mundo, y también uno de los países con mayor estrés hídrico, lo que afecta al porvenir de sus habitantes.
Saudi Arabia is home to the world's largest continuous sand desert and is also classified as having one of the highest levels of water stress, affecting the future of its inhabitants.
In desert ecosystems, more water evaporates from the ground than is replenished with rainfall. Rising temperatures and water scarcity threaten the region's biodiversity.
Deserts are characterised by their extremely harsh conditions, water shortage and barren landscapes. The climate crisis demands solutions from society to protect ecosystems and curb desertification.
Far from being wastelands, deserts are biologically rich ecosystems with a vast array of plants and animals that have adapted to the harsh conditions there. These are environments we must care for.
- THE PROBLEM: Rising temperatures and more frequent periods of drought alongside deforestation, overgrazing and unsustainable use of scarce resources such as water are the main causes of desertification.
More than 24 billion tonnes of productive land become barren every year, according to the UN, and water availability in some dry regions is expected to decrease by 10-30 % over the next few decades. In other words, 2.4 billion people will be subject to periods of water shortage.
- SOLUTIONS: Together with Extreme E, we want to raise public awareness of the consequences of desertification and we will work with local and international experts on projects to preserve ecosystems affected by the impact of climate change.