The 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was inaugurated on Sept 6 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
Ordos people have developed a desertification pattern that divides the Kubuqi desert into several parts. Trees are planted at the desert's edges and along its 10 seasonal rivers.
China is a developing country with the largest desertification area and the largest affected population in the world. However, it also has the most effective desertification prevention and control measures.