Message from IUSS President Professor Rattan Lal July 2018

2nd July 2018

Please see the latest message from IUSS President Professor Rattan Lal with his views on the theme of “Drylands”. These ecosystems, comprising of rainfed and irrigated agricultural lands, are prone to changing and uncertain climate. The risks of degradation and desertification are aggravated by the demands of the growing and increasingly affluent human population. The key strategy is to conserve water in the root zone and enhance the supply of “green water”. Restoring soil organic carbon concentration and enhancing soil biodiversity are critical to strengthening the ecosystem services for human wellbeing and nature conservancy.