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World Day to Combat Desertification 2014

On Africa Environment Day, children in Lesotho plant trees under the theme of combatting desertification in Africa.

Land Belongs to the Future - Let’s Climate Proof It

The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed worldwide on 17 June every year.  The theme of this year's WDCD is ecosystem-based adaptation.

With the slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It’, the 2014 WDCD highlights the benefits of mainstreaming sustainable land management policies and practices into our collective response to climate change.

Sustainable land management increases both community and ecosystem resilience while improving the human condition particularly in the drylands. 

The objectives of the 2014 WDCD are to:

1. Increase the attention given to land and soil within climate change adaptation

2. Mobilize support for sustainable land management

3. Call for the inclusion of land and soil and their significance in food security into national climate change adaptation policies.

The 2014 WDCD campaign kicked off on African Environment Day - Wangari Maathai Day on 3 March in Lesotho. The event was also combined with the observance of the UN Decade for Desert and the Fight against Desertification (2010-2020).

The events planned for the global observance include:

Join us in observing the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification!

For tips on activities and further background on the theme, download our WDCD Planning Action Guide 2014

If you plan to host an event, send us a short paragraph with information about the date, venue and planned activity. It will be posted on our website as part of the global country-by-country infographic.

For further information, contact:
Awareness Raising, Education and Communication Unit



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