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WDCD 2012 Global Observance

​Securing Healthy Soils and Stopping Land Degradation:

Outcomes for Rio+20

World Day to Combat Desertification Global Observance Event
Rio Conventions Pavilion, Athletes Park
10:30-19:00, Sunday, 17 June 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The demand for life’s essentials will rise significantly in the next 20 years. About 50% more food will be needed, 40% more energy and 35% more water. How will these demands to be met and with what resources? Past trends show that land, the foundation of these goods and services, is not only getting destroyed, but is outside the radar screen of policy-makers because there is no political will to get something done?
How serious is the problem? By 1992, estimates showed that only 3% of the Earth was fertile land But every year, 75 billion tons of fertile soil is getting lost for good, slowly eating away at the six-inches or so of topsoil that stands between humanity and extinction. Every year, 12 million hectares of productive land that could produce 20 million tons of grain is lost to land degradation and drought alone.
Without healthy soils and productive land, there is no sustainable development. There is no green economy and no secure future for most. Creating the ‘Future We Want’ starts with the commitments to preserve non-degraded land and soil and to balance out the degrading land with the recovery of an equal amount of degraded land. It is the commitment to become land-degradation neutral.
Come join the policy-makers, scientists and experts, as well as civil society organizations meeting in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, 17 June, to show that with political will, it is possible to preempt future dire scenarios.
Also, come find out the winners of the Land for Life Award, who will be announced immediately following the event at an evening reception graced by celebrities and dignitaries. The award, with a total prize fund of US$100,000, recognizes innovations from around the world that show tangible evidence of combating land degradation, but need scaling up.
Featured speakers include Her Excellency Izabella Teixeira, Brazilian Minister of Environment, His Excellency Mr Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service,  Her Excellency Ms Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environment, South Africa, Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Mr Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Professor Antonio Magalhães, Chair of the UNCCD Committee on Science and Technology, Dr Dennis Garrity, Executive Board Member at the World Agroforestry Centre and Mr Luca Montanarella, SOIL Action Leader, Joint Research Center, European Commission, among others.
This all-day event also serves as the global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification, a United Nations day observed all over the world every 17 June to honor the contributions of the World’s drylands people and to draw global attention to the changes taking place in the world’s most fragile ecosystems.
The event is open to public. Portuguese- English simultaneous interpretation service is available.
The event flyer/poster
UNCCD and Rio+20
For more information on the event, contact:
Ms. Yukie Hori
Tel : +49-228-815 2829
Cell in Rio : +49-173-268 7590
For media coverage and interviews, contact:
Ms. Wagaki Mwangi
Tel: +49-228-815 2820
Cell in Rio: +49-173-268-7593 

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