Global Projects


Years F-10


Desertification is the degradation of formerly arable land into desert, resulting in loss of water, vegetation and wildlife. The problem of desertification, both locally and globally, is presented through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

#1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere

#2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

#6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

#12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

#13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

#15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Students will collaborate with other classrooms, share ideas and be expected to present standard and creative solutions by working through the 5 steps below and the SDGs mentioned.

  1. Presenting UN SDGs in general.
  2. Presenting the Problem of Desertification globally and locally.
  3. Presenting normal and creative solutions for this problem.
  4. Sharing and discussing ideas with other classrooms SDGs which will be achieved through these solutions
  5. Applying these solutions and seeing consequences after a period of time. share and discuss their ideas via Skype and apply these solutions to see results after a period of time

Learning Areas



Reasons why some places are special and some places are important to people and how they can be looked after (VCGGK069)


People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)

Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (VCSSU047)

Design and Technologies

Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to produce designed solutions safely (VCDSCD020)



Identify and explain the interconnections within places and between places (VCGGC073)

Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably (VCGGK082)

Design and Technologies

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability, that impact on the design of solutions to meet community needs (VCDSTS023)


Economics and Business

Identify types of resources (natural, human, capital) and explore the ways societies use them in order to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (VCEBR003)


Describe and explain the diverse characteristics of places in different locations from local to global scales (VCGGC085)

Identify and describe locations and describe and explain spatial distributions and patterns (VCGGC086)

Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087)

Environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them (VCGGK096)


The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced changing patterns of development, how the environment changed, and aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCHHK089)


The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)


Economics and Business

Consider the ways in which work can contribute to individual and societal wellbeing (VCEBW016)

Describe the nature and investigate the influences on the work environment (VCEBW017)


Identify, analyse and explain interconnections within places and between places and identify and explain changes resulting from these interconnections (VCGGC101)

Select and represent data and information in different forms, including by constructing appropriate maps at different scales that conform to cartographic conventions, using digital and spatial technologies as appropriate (VCGGC103)

Analyse maps and other geographical data and information using digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to develop identifications, descriptions, explanations and conclusions that use geographical terminology (VCGGC104)

Classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource (VCGGK105)

Ways that flows of water connect places as they move through the environment and the ways this affects places (VCGGK106)

The quantity and variability of Australia’s water resources compared with those in other continents and how water balance can be used to explain these differences (VCGGK107)

Nature of water scarcity and the role of humans in creating and overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa (VCGGK108)

The spiritual, economic, cultural and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and peoples of the Asia region, that influence the significance of places (VCGGK109)

Causes of an atmospheric or hydrological hazard and its impacts on places, and human responses to it to minimise harmful effects on places in the future (VCGGK110)


Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (VCSSU101)

Design and Technologies

Analyse how food and fibre are produced when creating managed environments and how these can become more sustainable (VCDSTC046)


Economics and Business

Identify and explain the indicators of economic performance and examine how Australia’s economy is performing (VCEBR021)

Explain the links between economic performance and living standards, including the variations that exist within and between economies, and give reasons for the possible causes of variations (VCEBR022)


Environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world (VCGGK134)

The interconnection between food production and land and water degradation; shortage of fresh water; competing land uses; and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world (VCGGK135)

Human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres, and the environmental effects of these alterations (VCGGK136)

Environmental, economic and technological factors that influence environmental change and human responses to its management (VCGGK145)

Challenges in feeding the current and projected populations of Australia and the world, and responses to these challenges (VCGGK138)

Different types and distribution of environmental changes and the forms it takes in different places (VCGGK144)

Ethical Capability

Explore a range of ethical problems and examine the extent to which different positions are related to commonly held ethical concepts and principles, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought (VCECU020)

Discuss issues raised by thinking about consequences and duties, in approaches to decision-making and action, and arguments for and against these approaches (VCECD022)


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