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Bassett C. & Talafré J. (2003), "Implementing the UNCCD: Towards a Recipe for Success", Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 12, 133–139. 

Longjun C. (2011), "UN Convention to Combat Desertification: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences", Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, 504-517. 
Abstract: Desertification is a major economic, social, and environmental concern to the international communities. It is seriously constraining the global food security, ecosecurity, socioeconomic stability, as well as sustainable development. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought or desertification, particularly in Africa, has supplied an adaptive, preventive, and rehabilitative guiding principle for global desertification control. It inaugurated a center of global action to combat desertification and mitigate the effect of drought and to establish international cooperation and partnership. Also, it stipulates the common obligations of governments at various levels and international organizations. Therefore, UNCCD is characterized by its milestone significance. At present, over 193 member states have ratified and accepted the convention. Desertification is one of the leading factors causing environmental and natural resources degeneration. It has brought serious catastrophe to global environment and human livelihoods in many affected developing countries. Combating desertification requires a complex engineering approach, including biological plantation, improvement of desert–oasis protective system, reafforestation, replantation, revegetation, and rehabilitation of natural desert woodlands or bushlands on considerable scale. It also includes other mechanical, engineering, and chemical measures for stabilizing and fixing shifting sands and mobile dunes in different climate zones. Desertification is a global issue and it requires global action. Combating desertification is an obligation of both the affected developing countries and the affected developed countries. The UNCCD came into force on 26 December 1996, but it is estimated that over 250 million people are directly affected by desertification, and some 1 billion are at risk, and people are continuously threatened by environmental worsening, soil deterioration, land degradation, climate change, effect of drought, poverty, and food crisis.

Stringer L.C. et al (2007), "Implementing the UNCCD: Participatory challenges", Natural Resources Forum, 31, 198–211. 

Abstract: The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) emphasizes the need for public participation in land degradation assessment and rehabilitation. While participatory approaches are supported by a growing body of research and practice, meaningfully involving the people affected by land degradation is far from straightforward. This paper investigates the challenge of using the UNCCD as a guide to influence community participation in policy-making and practice at national and local levels by analyzing experiences from three southern African countries. We show that the UNCCD represents a useful normative framework for addressing degradation problems, but that the participatory ethos is difficult to enact at the national level. Whilst there is increasing evidence that combining local and scientific knowledge using participatory mechanisms can deliver the benefits that the Convention strives to achieve, communication between researchers and practitioners, and those involved in implementing the UNCCD at the national level needs to be strengthened. Broad lessons and best practices in incorporating participatory practices into policy development are elucidated. Our case studies show that a range of mixed-method, interdisciplinary approaches can enable policy-makers and practitioners to meaningfully engage those who are affected by land degradation in its definition, assessment and rehabilitation.