The fight against desertification is a key challenge in the 21st century. From China's vast deserts to the edge of the Atacama, from the Sahara to the Aral Sea, we discover mankind's difficult fight to halt the loss of fertile land.
 
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Sat 15/1217:30, Mon 17/1202:08, Thu 20/1211:57
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Atacama: in search of water South America's Atacama desert is the driest on earth: in some places, it hasn't rained for 500 years. Small communities and fragile ecosystems are the first affected. Scientists are working to manage resources and save the last oases. Director: Paul-Aurélien Combre (France, 2016)
Fri 21/1205:26
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Sahara: reconquering lost land In a century, the Sahara has advanced 250 km southwards across a 6,000 km front. The land has become infertile and people have fled. In Morocco and Senegal, a desperate struggle is being waged against desertification. Director: Thierry Berrod (France, 2016)
Sat 22/1217:30, Thu 27/1212:00, Fri 04/0105:26
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Aralkum, the world's youngest desert The Aralkum is the result of an ecological disaster which caused the virtual disappearance of the Aral Sea. Lunar landscapes and sand dunes now cover an area of 50,000 km2, which were submerged under 20 metres of water in 1970. Can man repair the natural disaster he himself caused? Director: Pierre-François Gaudry (France, 2016)

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