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Prevention vital against desertification

Parched Asian nations such as Mongolia and China must act swiftly to prevent the creeping spread of deserts which costs the global economy $42 billion a year, a UN expert said on Thursday.
"Regaining lost land is too expensive. Prevention is the only solution for countries that do not have enough resources," said Hama Araba Diallo, executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The UN estimates that about 27 percent of China is now desert and economic losses from growing dust bowls there amount to 6.5 billion dollars a year.

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