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A common misunderstanding is that desertification is linked to the presence of deserts. The truth is that desertification can and does occur far from any climatic desert, as the presence or absence of a nearby desert has no direct relation to desertification. Desertification is the result of human induced land degradation which can be accelerated under severe drought conditions, and can occur under very diverse climatic conditions. This is particularly the case for Europe, with extensivedoi:10.1007/978-94-009-4648-4 fatcat:irofisg32rhnhd3jpkmzq2a5rm