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On this day when we celebrate the International Day of Combating Desertification and land Degradation, The NGO PES, represented by its Chairman and Legal Representative, will be joining by other accredited NGOs not accredited to celebration this glorious day. 

 We are currently producing tree seedlings that will be planted during the next rainy season in order to reforest the forests and the plantation that were destroyed. As usual, we will host a show on public and private media in regards to the importance of this day


This year the Celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification is organized by the youth of the Chadian Association of Volunteers for the Protection of the Environment (ATVPE). Funding for these activities is financed as usual by the Bakery HYBAH and the company SOBITEF Sarl which contributed to 500 seedlings for reforestation. The day started with a visit of the Ministry of Environment and Fisheries, the Secretary General of the Ministry. The coordinator of the ATVPE reminded the Secretary-General the importance of this day and also the renewal of our partnership with the Ministry of the Environment which has been ongoing for 18 years.

 The Chadian National Television and Télé Africa Media covered all the activities of this day. We distributed 1500 plants to the population; the demand is so high that we could not meet it all. Many Young people helped the elderly to plant 342 plants . Read the report here



Chadian Association of Volunteers for the Protection of the Environment (ATVPE)

Côte d’Ivoire

 The ADDY NGO’s headed by the President ADDY Arsene and his collaborators CAD Adama, NIZIE Michele and BAKAYOKO Ahmed, initiated an awareness campaign that aimed to plant 1,000 trees in the commune of Yopougon, Abidjan, precisely on the ''arteries'' of the town to finally contribute to the fight against climate change, greenhouse gases and create a shade and beautification of this community. We have sensitized and mobilized the municipal authorities of the town who approved the project of the plantation of trees"

Read the report

Awareness campaign: Yopougon Green City, Côte d’Ivoire

Ahmed Oraby Agricultural Society Club under the patronage of His Excellency Prof. Dr. / Essam Fayed Minister of Agriculture and land reclamation Monday, 13th of June 2016 was chosen as the date for the celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification in Egypt, five days before the World Day to Combat Desertification. The celebration aims to raise community awareness on the issue of combating desertification in Egypt. Rising public awareness for the issue of combating desertification and its mechanisms under the world day to combat desertification slogan together to engage people in protect earth and restore land. The festive program included the following: 
• Opening speech for His Excellency Prof. Dr. \ Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, 
• Showing film on LDN. 
• Showing film on The World Day for Earth 2016. 
• Honoring the pioneers who are contributed to the national efforts to combat desertification in the Arab Republic of Egypt. 
• Honoring the best four newly published scientific researches in the field of combating desertification in Egypt
Read the report in English and in Arabic

As part of the World Day observance, the 2015 Land for Life Award winner SEKEM published a series of articles addressing the problem of desertification from the four aspects of sustainable development. These articles can be read in SEKEM News channel.


School of Environment, Gender and Development studies of Hawassa University is planning a series of activities from 30 May 30 to 16 June under the theme of “Changing behavior and attitude on unsustainable dryland resource use: rehabilitation and reconstruction on degraded environment for poverty reduction and to achieve SDG.” The objectives of these activities are: (1) creating a series of public awareness rising on desertification, land degradation and drought, and its impact in the country as well as promoting behavioral change in unsustainable resource use. 
On 17 June, there will be a practical action on rehabilitation and construction on degraded environment to reduce poverty and to achieve SDG in Ethiopia in Sebedino rural community. 

The NOSF-Ethiopia (National organization of scouting friendly-Ethiopia ) is mobilizing 5,000 scouts to plant trees on 17 June and 23 July to celebrate the World Day. Also on 21 May, NOSF planted trees for the Earth Day. The outcome was quite successful that they would like to make it as a regular activity. 

NOSF tree planting activity on 21 May
The Upper East Region hosts the 2016 national launching of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The Upper East Regional organized various activities to commemorate the national launching. On 17th June 2017, durbar is also organized to climax the Day’s celebration. Through the above activities, twenty thousand (20,000) people were engaged to take actions to restore and rehabilitate 2000ha degraded land.

These include networking with the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) in the Upper East Region of Ghana through the Regional Environmental Management Committee, local NGO’s, DEMCs, local chiefs, opinion leaders and the media. Activities include radio discussions on environment, sustainable land and water management practices such as: zai, reinforcement of contour bunds with stones and vetiver grass, composting, tree planting, and creation of protected areas will be carried out. 

During the World Day to Combat Desertification, the NGO Women, Power and Development -FEDEP has launched an information and awareness campaign on desertification.  On June 17th, 2016, we’ve organized a ‘’Tweetathon’,’ on social media to attract the attention of many Internet users and the Government of SCSOs on the dangers related to the phenomenon. In the coming days, a screening campaign will be organized in the youth center, and many awareness sessions for many women and the households


World Day to Combat Desertification event under the theme" Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality" Protect Earth. Restore land.Engage people. We are increasing awareness raising and participation in the process, in collaboration with Health of Mother Earth Foundation HOMEF in the university of Abuja, Gwagwalada with over 200 persons in attendance. Activities include film show on desertification, lecture by Ruth Nyambura from Kenya on: COP21 Post Mortem, Streams in the Desert by Nnimmo Bassey (adaptation and mitigation) and other side attraction.

GreenUp Nigeria
sets out as a collaborative process involving multi-stakeholders interested in combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), pioneered by the African Youth Movement. GreenUp Nigeria seeks to reduce current and potential desertification/land degradation through education, and capacity building of stakeholders on current methods of land protection and conservation of biodiversity to ‘Protect Earth, Restore Land and Engage People.’ Strategy: Mass sensitization (Land Quiz) on ‘Knowing your Land and Ecological Footprint’, Earth walk on major streets of Abuja. Event website link:

Africa Youth Environmental initiative (AYEN)/ SPEAKNIGERIA is increasing awareness raising and participation in the process, in collaboration with Health of Mother Earth Foundation HOMEF in the university of Abuja, Gwagwalada with over 200 persons in attendance. Activities include film show on desertification, lecture by Ruth Nyambura from Kenya on: COP21 Post Mortem, Streams in the Desert by Nnimmo Bassey (adaptation and mitigation) and other side attraction .

To mark  this year’s World Day to combat Desertification (WDCD), the Centre for Earth Works (CFEW) would be carrying out a awareness raising  campaign in St. John’s College Jos followed by a tree planting exercise, Plateau state Nigeria. The event will feature major discussion on the issue of Protecting Land and inclusive cooperation to checkmate issues of environmental degradation. Tree planting would form a major part of activities, the need to support goal 15 of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and also highlighting the damaging effects human activities on the environment.

Concept note



The proposed venue for this year’s national commemoration of the World Day is Sidika Primary School in Migori County. Migori County is semi-arid and has all the characteristics of an emerging desert, with prolonged dry spells and short erratic rains. To commemorate the World Day, 2,500 seedlings provided by the Kenya Forest Service will be planted on the school ground. 

The preparation for the commemoration involves two Steering Committees at the national level (4 meetings held by end of May) coordinated by the National Environment Management Authority an institution under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, and at the County level the Local Steering Committee under the County Government of Migori. The county committee will identify various activities to be undertaken during the commemoration. The main activities will include tree planting, a procession, exhibitions, media talk shows and a visit to selected rehabilitated areas in the county near the venue. Read the report for more details.

Tree Seedlings production in a community nursery in Migori County Source: County government report 2016

The National Committee to Combat Desertification and the national focal point for the follow-up to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Libya set up numerous awareness lectures on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification. The objective is to promote community awareness and the participation of the population in the reduction of this phenomenon.
The association of nursery and the planters of Tone West has since June 1st, started the operations of planting 7 hectares of land with 3042 seeds planted. To celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification on June 17th, we  planted 5 hectares of land with 1690 seeds, with the help of the Kong-Moba community. Before the event, we dug 10 wells over 2 ha for the purpose of watering trees and market gardening during the dry season. We invited the media and some government officials for the event.

The WDCD on June 17th coincided with of the fifth session of the Council of Ministers of the Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall (PAGGW) at the Hann Zoological Park. The event is organized by the Directorate of Water and Forests, Hunting and Soil Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal. One by one, the representatives showed the importance of the preservation of nature, trees and sustainable land management in order to make our production systems more resilient and sustainable.

Students in the town of Bel Air schools have massively participated in this celebration and the theater group from Rufisque raised awareness on reforestation and bush fires. The song of one of the artist focused on the monitoring of reforestation which largely influences survival .


Broken Hill Art Exchange, a not for Profit and volunteer based organization in Far West NSW, will celebrate and acknowledge the World Day during its Desert Equinox 'EARTH' Festival from 11-18 June. Surrounding Broken Hill is a reserve known as the 'REGEN', which represents one of Australia's first land regeneration projects responding to desertification. Some good background information about the REGEN can be found on the Powerhouse Museum's website 'Greening the Si lver City'. Along with its heritage of mining, the current issues concerning Broken Hill include water security with water supplied from the Darling River, Murray Darling Basin. The World Day will be promoted on 17 June 'Earth' event with a public social gathering at 5.30pm at the Royal Exchange Hotel 146 Oxide St, Broken Hill NSW. 


The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Cambodia joined the world in celebrating the 2016 World Day to Combat Desertification in Trapaing Chhouk Village, Po Angkrorng Commune, Barset District, Kampong Speu Province on 17 June 2016.  This location, which is 66 km away from the Capital City, was selected to showcase the effects of deforestation, improper land management and soil erosion in the upstream areas of the Prek Thnot Watershed on the “Slakou” River and agricultural lands along the river in downstream areas.

About 600 people participated in the event. Those include the leaders and officers of the Ministry and line Ministries, ambassadors and diplomatic bodies, representatives of development partners and civil societies, university lecturers and students, local authorities and farmers. Read the report here
2016 World Day to Combat Desertification in Trapaing Chhouk Village


As the host country of this year’s global observance, China is planning a series of events. The global observance will be held on 17 June in People’s Congress Hall in the morning and Beijing International Hotel in the afternoon. About 300 people are expected to participate in the event. At the global observance, China will announce the “One Belt and One Road Joint Action to Combating Desertification Initiative” together with interested countries and stakeholders.  

In the afternoon of 17 June, the China Green Foudation will organize a CSO event to share cases on sustainable land management, conserving and restoring land, public awareness education, etc. 

Lanzhou International Marathon is one of China’s most well-known marathons held in the northwest dryland region of China. Over 40,000 runners are expected to participate in the run this year. The organizing committee will integrate the World Day message as the theme for this year’s marathon. The message will be sent through the event via social media. The marathon will be held on 11 June. On the same day, a WDCD Pavilion will be held on the spot.

From 17 June to 16 July, the WDCD slogan, “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.” will be displayed in the subway trains in cities of Shanghai and Guangzhou.


Farmers' self-help group Alto Sustainable Agri-Action Corps (STAAR) of Grameena Vikas Samithi  celebrated the Day in the Village of Mitturu in Andhra Pradesh State. On 17 June, they demonstrated a gully control to prevent erosion and sow green manure crop with the farmers’ group. Visit Grameena website:

The Alto STAAR, Mitturu village

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kalikiri (Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University) in Andhra Pradesh celebrates the World Day in the farm of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in which they demonstrate Chisel plough (Subsoiler) in dry lands to the farmers. Chisel plough goes deep into the soil up to 30 cm and breaks the hard pan formed in the dry lands which results in reduction of surface run off and aids in percolation of water and increased root growth. After the demonstration, there has been also be a farmer-scientist interaction on techniques to manage drought and growing climate resilient crops.

Apart from the above, there are a number of NGO-led observation activities in different part of India. For example,
  • Seminar on women's role in conservation of forests in village Bardasar, Churu (Organized by Manav Pragati Sansthan)
  • Conference onrestoration of rain water harvesting structures in Jaisalmer (Organized by Gram Bharati Samiti and Manav Pragati Sansthan)
  • Conference on women on drought and desertification in Jodhpur (Organized by Meera Sansthan)
  • Conference on role of forests in people’s life in Katihar (Organized by Welfare India)
  • Rally and conference on awareness on reasons of drought and scarcity of water in village Harsoli, Jaipur (Organized by Prayas Kendra Sanstha)
  • Quiz on what youth can do to combat drought and desertification in Kapasan (Organized by Navachar Sansthan)
  • Conference on youth for conservation of natural resources in Varanasi (Organized by Yuva  Gramya Vikas Samiti)  
  • Meeting on water conservation to combat drought and desertification in Amber, Jaipur (Organized by Gram Bharati Samiti) 
  • Quiz competition on water and desertification in village Arjunpura, Jaipur (Organized by Sushil Public School)
Leaders for Nature (LfN), a business –biodiversity network of front runner companies in India, is celebrating World Day to Combat Desertification by sensitizing corporates, development agencies and other stakeholders on Urban Biodiversity Issues. IUCN Leaders for Nature, a business and biodiversity program is organizing a workshop on Urban Biodiversity to discuss the plan of Naturalizing Delhi (India). The workshop will be attended by the government agencies, corporates and other stakeholders who will share their perspectives on urban biodiversity and how to best work towards Naturalizing Delhi.  On 17 June, LfN is organizing a Nature Walk to Aravalli Biodiversity Park of Vasant Vihar (Delhi, India) to symbolize intent of LfN and participants of workshop to support restoration of Landscapes. For detail information see attached agenda and leaflet.
The St. Judes Alumni Education & Welfare Association based in India celebrated the World Day to Combat Desertification 2016 by planting 400 saplings along with students of St. Judes High School and raising  public awareness on the importance of protecting and restoring land.
  Tree planting at the The St. Judes Alumni Education & Welfare Association 
Gram Bharati Samiti (GBS) NGO
The World Day to Combat Desertification in India was celebrated on Jun 17th in 10-15 different locations. Many NGO’s in collaboration with GBS will set up workshops, meetings and a ceremony with certain villages and districts. A document written in Hindi on the subject of land in India was provided to the participant’s, following by a quiz on the subject.
Ngo’s colony celebrated the World Day to Combat Desertification in the village of Mitturu in the district of Chandragiri Taluq. The theme of this year’s event is titled: Protect Earth, Restore Land and Engage People. This event has been organized with the collaboration of Alto Sustainable Agri-Action Corps (Alto STAAR-a farmers self-help group)) and has many as 10 farmers. 

The Activity organized for this event is as follow:
1. Gully plugged for prevention of soil erosion at Mr. D. Rama Murthy’s field. The plugging activity performed by the group members.
2. Sowing of green gram-Phaseolus aureus (family Papilionaceae) seeds at the farm of Ms. L.
Deepa for the purpose of green manuring and on plugged portion for strengthening of soil.
3. A field based demo activity by Mr. L.Surya Narayana Reddy, President of Grameena Vikas Samithi explaining the significance of this days to the farmers. Read the report here
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Farm Science Centre)
The farmer-Scientist interaction program is conducted during the WDCD on June 17th at Addavaripalli in the district of Chittoor. The program has focused on raising awareness to combat desertification of land resources and to save fertile top soil from degradation. During the interaction session, scientists of KVK taught the following to the farmers: conservation of soil by ploughing across slope, strengthening of field bunds, Trenches around the fields, conservation furrows during vegetative stage of crop (Eg. Dead furrows in groundnut), Deep ploughing with MB plough/ subsoiled and mixed cropping and inter cropping. Read the report .
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Farm Science Centre)

 The members of SPAN network are undertaking activities to conserve and preserve biodiversity in Nallamala Forest region on June 17th. Our campaign to combat desertification will help us: build awareness among the targets with the right approach, initiating the target groups to undertake the constructions of soakage pits, the plantations of sapling to promote greenery and conducting an awareness camp for the youth.  The team succeeded in enabling the marginalized groups, government officials and leaders  undertake active lead on this day., Read the report


As a part of our nationwide observance of the WDCD, a number of activities were organized by the Ministry of Environment, the Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) which is the UNCCD National Focal Point. These activities involved the state governments, school children, members of the village forest protection and management committees, practitioners, various research organizations, political leaders and the private sector.

The main activity was organized in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This district has a rich tradition of protecting its natural resources in reference to the sacrifice of the people of Khejrali village led by Amrita Devi, to save and protect their Khejri (Prosopis Cineraria) trees. 

Other activities included School children’s participating in a drawing and painting competition at AFRI campus. Also, two books were released on this day.  One of them is titled ‘'Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India’’. This Atlas presents Desertification /Land Degradation Status Maps depicting Land Use, Process of Degradation and Severity Level between 2003-2005 and 2011-20013. Read the report


Ministry of Environment and Forestry with universities, inline ministries, scientific groups and CSOs such as farmer’s groups will celebrate the World Day together.    

  • On 3 June, a field visit was conducted in Megamendung, Bogor, West Java Province, where a farmer’s group successfully restored degraded land. During the field visit, tree planting was also conducted.
  • On 17 June, National Seminar on Degraded Land Rehabilitation in Indonesia will be held at the IPB International Conference Centre of Bogor Agricultural University. This Seminar will discuss the methodology of degraded land rehabilitation. The event will be followed by land rehabilitation demonstrations by a private enterprise on a large scale and by a farmer’s group on a small scale. 100 participants are expected to attend the event.
  • Local seminars will be held in 34 Centers of Watershed and Protection Forest Management throughout Indonesia. The seminar will discuss rehabilitation of degraded land at each Center. Additional activities are planned in line with the seminars such as tree planting and building small structures for soil and water conservation.  

Exchange after the Megamendung field visit on 3 June


On 15 June, CENESTA the accredited UNCCD NGO and Drynet Partner in Iran with the collaboration of 15 Environmental NGOs and Associations (The women's society for combating Environmental Pollution Tehran and Isfahan Branch, BOOM Ban, Ashoura-Deh Platform, Heeloo, Hormat-e-Hayat, Sarveh Kouhi, Atazis, Iranian Association for Environmental Assessment, Environmental and Natural Resouves Samans, Iran's Architecture Pride-worthies Foundation, The Green Peace Students Committee of Amir Kabir university, Art and Culture organization of Tehran Municipality and Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum), planned to have a joint dialogue and discussion session titled “Mother Earth, Desert and People” .  The session is open to public and 11 panelists will discuss the fight against desertification with participants. See poster and logo in Persian.

On the international day to combat desertification, Ashti cycling organization set up a cultural event around cycling and watering trees in the district of Iranian Kurdistan. Our goal is for the young Cyclist to protect the environment and show their commitment to forest conservation by helping it not turn into a desert. We also aim to raise awareness on the conservation of the green nature through these guidelines: 

1. collect garbage and plastic bottles in the woods and nature
2. Prevention of deep wells by farmers
3. Avoid cutting and burning of forests and pastures
4. Nature cyclists who go to collect waste
5. Planting trees and restoring nature
6. Preventing the degradation of natural resources for construction

Department of Combatting Desertification at the University of Baghdad plans a workshop to commemorate the Day. Experts from different ministries will be invited to the workshop to discuss the threats of desertification and means to cope with the treats.


For the WDCD Kuwait produced a video that showcase the rehabilitation of  the natural vegetation in the Liyah desert.  Native plant production and reintroduction are very important for the desert rehabilitation program.  The main aim of this project is to rehabilitate the natural vegetation in the Liyah refilled quarries. In order to rehabilitate the vegetation in  the Liyah  desert area, native plant production technology via tissue culture was developed for Lycium shawii, Salvadora percica and Ochradenus buccatus. Thousands of native plants Lycium, Salvadora, and Ochradenus were produced via tissue culture techniques and acclimatized for the field planting during the period April to September 2011. Few Ziziphus spinachristi plants were also produced by tissue culture techniques. A total of 525 Lycium and 25 Ziziphus plants were planted in an area selected at the Liyah desert site during March–April 2011. All the plantlets were maintained through proper care, protection from sand storms, irrigation, and protection of the soil moisture around the plant’s root zone. Experiments were conducted to develop plant production technique for Rhanterium, Ziziphus, Calotropis, Tamerix and Accasia. Field experiments on different types of irrigation were also carried out to calculate the quantity of water requirement per plant for its survival during the harsh summer months. A productive well was established in Liyah area, where the quality of the pumped groundwater is of brackish water quality, having about 4900 mg/l of total dissolved solids (TDS). Results indicated the need for the recharge of the aquifer by rainfall. It is recommended to use the existing well to produce 20-25 m3/h to avoid salt water encroachment and water level drawdown. Aeolian activities are (sand and dust) are continually being monitored since May 2011.


Ministry of Environment and Energy together with Civil Service Commission and Local Government Authority is planning a nation wide tree planting programme. This activity will begin on 4 June in all inhabited islands in the country. Staff from government offices, general public and NGOs will be actively involved in this event. And through this programme we are expecting to rise awareness about the environment among the public.  


Institute of Geography and Geoecology will organize the science and technology workshop titled, “Promoting small initiatives to solve global challenges" on 13 June. The workshop addresses current best practices developed in Mongolia to tackle desertification. Participants from research institutes, NGOs and local initiatives will discuss recent achievements and ways to promote these best practices for other relevant regions. Apart from the governmental bodies, the representatives of UN organizations will attend the workshop and present their policy for next decade to address land degradation and desertification in Mongolia.

On 17 June, a press conference is scheduled by Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Green Development to commemorate the World Day. During the press conference, the Ministry will present its tentative report on implementation of National Action Plan as well as a new book, entitled “Combat desertification measures and technology”. The book is a compilation of the scientifically proven technologies and approaches adapted to Mongolian condition and replicable at different scales.

Also on 17 June, Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Green Development with FAO-Mongolia will broadcast a new documentary film about best practices in Mongolia. The film sends a message to the general public that small initiatives can contribute to solving big problems. The film depicts various activities implemented at the farm level to reverse DLDD and its impact on both environment and household economy. 


On the occasion of June 17th, World day to Combat Desertification, the Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal launched its National Action Programme (NAP) on Land Degradation and Desertification and started a national media campaign to increase public awareness.

The NGO SCOPE organized a rally and tree plantation activity at Nagarparkar town of Tharparkar district, a dry land region at the Indo-Pak border, where we are implementing a dry land development programme with the components of drought and climate change mitigation, restoration of forest, water, hygiene, sanitation and health (WASH) and livelihood support programme.
NGO SCOPE organized a rally and tree plantation activity at Nagarparkar town of Tharparkar district, a dry land region at the Indo-Pakistan border.

Drought is one of the major hazards in Pakistan for many years. The Department of Remote Sensing and GISc, Institute of Space Technology organized a seminar on "Drought in Sindh" on June 16, 2016. The event also commemorated the importance of the United Nations World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought being observed each year on June,17.

The seminar highlighted problems and ways to prevent the long-term devastation of environment and economy in Pakistan. The process of desertification can be effectively tackled if resources are managed well along with community participation at all levels. The Department developed an operational drought monitoring method using satellite data and followed by a well-defined Web-Based Drought Monitoring Application.


Palestine commemorates the World Day to Combat Desertification. This year, the Ministry of Agriculture will organize a central activity under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture in presence of the some  ministers of the Palestinian Cabinet. The event will take place on the site of a reforestation initiative under the public-private cooperation. The initiative started by a businessman in commemoration of his late father, aiming to support the environment and the local community. A tree planting activity is planned during the 17 June observance . The total area of the project site will be more than 200 dunum (approx. 180,000m2).


 The Philippines celebrate this year global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification on June 17t 2016 by undertaking a Tree Planting activity in one of BSWM’s national research stations ground. This is followed by a short seminar in which the message of the UNCCD Executive Secretary, Monique Barbut, was read for the participants. This short seminar after the tree planting activity was set up to emphasize the importance of this year observance of WDCD and the challenge of achieving LDN.  

Republic of Korea

Korea Forest Service National Institute of Forest Science will organize the international symposium on "Forest Restoration in Arid and Semi-Arid Land" on 17 June in Seoul. The symposium will share political and research ideas among arid land restoration experts from the Republic of Korea, China, Mongolia, Myanmar and Lebanon. The main theme of the symposium is forest restoration and anti-desertification for arid land in Asia. The symposium objective is to strengthen research cooperation and exchanging information among the Asian countries. See the symposium poster .

The Green Asia Network Campaign for the World Day to Combat Desertification was celebrated on June 17th, 2016 at the Seoul Plaza. The objective was to encourage people to wear light clothing to reduce the use of air conditioning, thereby reducing energy consumption and let people know about desertification exhibiting pictures of devastating areas to help make the world green and to combat desertification.  

Green Asia Network included several themed activities such as: a game called Untie Your Tie, whereby participants could throw a rolled up tie on to a board of numbers to win prizes. This activity meant to symbolize throwing away the tie to dress with light clothes.  In order to promote the importance of environmental protection, people stamped trees leaves onto a small drawing of a bare tree and then posted it onto a large globe, which was meant to signify greening the earth and showing that everyone has a role to play. Read the report here




Sri Lanka

To commemorate the world day to combat desertification the Government of Sri Lanka (Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment)  is organizing  an awareness raising workshop in one of the affected areas in Kegalle district. Presentations for around 300 school children will be given aiming at awareness raising  about  the present status and causes of landslides in Sri Lanka. As multiplicators  the school children  should disseminate the key messages of the world desertification day to the elders of their families.

Last year's observance event
Thailand’s UNCCD National Focal point in cooperation with the economy and environment institute of the lower Mekong Sub region (EEL-LMS) organized a seminar on June 17 for the WDCD observance. This seminar aimed to promote and raised awareness, advocacy and enhance coordination among stakeholders for the implementation of the Convention. 

The event was presided over by Ms. Benjaporn Chakranon, Deputy Director General of Land Development Department and other speakers such as Mr. Worapong Waramit and Dr Yuji Niino. There were 250 participants from public, private and CSO attending the seminar.  A series of presentations on Climate Change Impact on Thailand touch on following subjects: Floods and Droughts, Economic of Land Degradation, and Case Study in the Participatory of People in Natural Resource Management under the Reforestation Project in Nan Province. During the final session, the panel discussed the Pathways toward achieving Land Degradation Neutrality. See the seminar programme .
Viet Nam
This year, the celebration  of the World Day to Combat Desertification was held from  from 17-18 June. It was  co-chaired by Dr. Ha Cong Tuan - Vice Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Mr. Lo Van Tien - Vice president Dien Bien province of people's committees.
200 delegates participated in the event, such as: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Ministry of Nature Resources and Environment; VNForest; Leaders of Dien Bien province; agencies of Dien Bien province, CSOs and NGOs of the  Dien Bien Dong district and  press agencies. Field trip activities were also arranged. The  delegates planted 2.000 trees at Dien Bien Dong district, Dien Bien province. This event was an opportunity to promote sustainable land management good practices, awareness raise and  a call upon all people to restore land degradation, combat desertification, improve livelihoods and  to reduce poverty.

Field trip and tree planting, Dien Bien Dong district,Vietnam    

On June 17th, the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia commemorates the World Day to Combat Desertification by posting the article on the web-site of the Ministry and organizing the press conference to disseminate information on the event. During the press conference, the National Focal Points of Armenia , Mr. Ashot Vardevanyan, described the current status of land resources in country and shared experience from the pilot project to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality in Armenia. See the full text 

Mr. Ashot Vardevanyan 
described the current status of land resources


The Centre for Development Research at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna are organizing a one-day conference taking place at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, for the observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and to connect international scientists researching in dryland regions. Educational, governmental and non-governmental persons are invited to the conference. Students and other interested bodies are welcome to attend. Participation will be free of charge. The tentative programme is available here .

"In Belarus restored approximately 10% of the degraded peatlands. The issue of the restoration of lands is our priority. This is one of the tasks which is reflected in the Strategy to combat of land degradation and in the Strategy for the conservation and sustainable use of peatlands. The experience of rewetting is considered as a one of the elements of ecological rehabilitation of degraded peatlands, "- said the Head of  Biological and Landscape Diversity of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus Natalia Minchenko at the press conference dedicated to the World Day to Combat Desertification. The experience of Belarus in the field of rewetting already in use in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Belarus became the pilot country to implementation of the projects carried out to restore the lands to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality till 2030. Implementation of these projects should assist the country to set back the process of land degradation and to raising of soil fertility and productivity. See the  Press conference, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection website
On June 17th of June, the The Ondernemers Zonder Grenzen based in Burkina Faso has just released our video interview with several famous Belgian personalities, including our minister of Development Cooperation. Topics are the desertification (causes and effects) and OZG's reforestation initiative.

The video is about 10 minutes long. It is Dutch, but the subtitles are available in English, French will be added in the near future. The video is publicly available on YouTube .
The National Committee to Combat Desertification and the national focal point for the follow-up to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Libya set up numerous awareness lectures on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification. The objective is to promote community awareness and the participation of the population in the reduction of this phenomenon. 
The REC Caucasus celebrated and acknowledged the World Day in the frame of the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, held in Batumi from 8-10 June, 2016. REC Caucasus held two side events and joined many more dedicated to promotion of Sustainable Land Management and Land Degradation Neutrality.  In light of celebration of the World Day, REC Caucasus enounced its commitment to contribute to application of economics of Land Degradation and Land Degradation Neutrality by providing expertise, consultations and capacity building activities for relevant state organizations, agricultural SMEs and farmers, for promoting sustainable land use and provision of ecosystem services.

The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus)


UNCCD secretariat plans a lunchtime film event which shows "The man who stopped the desert" in the UN Campus in Bonn on 16 June.

Cinema for Peace Foundation in collaboration with the UNCCD secretariat will organize an open air film night on 17 June at Volkspark am Weinberg Berlin. At the event, "Ethiopia Rising" will be shown. The film starts at 9PM, followed by a panel discussion that includes the film director Mark Dodd. For more information, visit

The Desertification Research Center of Sassari University will organize a two-day conference to conclude the Wadis-Mar project ( ) in conjunction with the World Day observance. 
WADIS-MAR is a demonstration project funded by the European Commission through Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) Programme. The World Day to combat Desertification will be celebrated through a two-day event, which will focus on the results achieved by the project and discussions on the SDG 6 "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all" and its related targets and will include various cultural events on desertification and water issues. During the conference there will be a presentation of original musical tracks "The water song" played by Young Orchestra of Sardinia. For  more information, visit


Hungary organized a conference on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17th June 2016. The focus of this year’s event was on the UN Sustainable Development Goals especially target 15.3. The conference was organized by the Hungarian national focal point and about 40 scientists, decision makers and other interested participants were invited and participated.The main aim of the conference was defined as to address the participants about the whole LDN concept and to collect their views on how could Hungary join the target setting programme. See full report


Slovakia celebrates the World Day to Combat Desertification by issued document relating to Land Degradation Neutrality in Slovak version  
preferably programme setting of goals, and by poster and proclamation of the secretary general M. Barbut to this Day .



 The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is celebrated on June 17th, in Turkey, at the General Directorate State Hydraulic Works Conference Hall (DSI) and Armada Shopping Centre. A short film to present our country and the activities of our General Directorate of Combatting Desertification and Erosion was displayed followed by "Sand Art Show" by the artist Ramazan YUMRUTEPE. 
The undersecretary Forest and Water Affairs Ministry Akif ÖZKALDI, Deputy Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Mehmet DANIS who stated,  the President of the Commission of Environment Cihan PEKTAŞ and  the President of the Commission of  Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Affairs Recep KONUK all emphasize the importance of raising public awareness in the combat against desertification, and that every country and every sector should assume its responsibilities in this combat and abide by the measures taken.

Latin American and the Caribbean


To celebrate World Day to Combat Desertification, The CYEN in Barbados would like to reveal the results of our study from last year on the Youth Perspectives of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in Barbados.  We engaged 400 young persons aged 15-31 years to find out their views on land management in Barbados. We found out their knowledge on sustainable development, land management in Barbados, and the major threats to land management. We find out that 92% of Barbadian Youth believed that the land in Barbados is not being managed well.  We can do better to preserve our 431 sq. km of land. Let's aim towards a Land Degradation Neutral World!
The WDCD  was celebrated in Barbados on June 17th 2016. This year’s event emphasized the importance of comprehensive participation and cooperation in working towards achieving LD neutrality. The focused was set on the inclusive cooperation amongst all stakeholders, ministries, agencies and sectors, to restore and rehabilitate degraded land and contribute towards achieving the overall Sustainable Development Goals.
A special activity was conducted to mark the 50th anniversary celebration of Barbados.  The flower planting activity was held at 4 primary schools of biodiversity conservation and management unit.   Other activities included: a tour of the Ministry of Environment to view their alternatives to traditional agriculture in an effort to promote food security; short lectures on appropriate farming technique, the use of pesticide, crop management; and a tour of the Turners Hall Woods, to highlight the importance of this place as the last remaining stand of original forest, in the protection of our land resources.
See report


The Ministry of the Environment (MMA) held on June 17th, an event commemorating the World Day to Combat Desertification. The opening session was conducted by representative’s authorities of the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of National Integration and Company for Development São Francisco and Parnaíba Valleys. 
This was follow by the Presentation of the Early Warning System for Drought and Desertification, developed by the National Institute for Space Research - INPE in partnership with the Ministry of Environment. The ceremony concluded with the book launch of Codevasf/MI and the delivery of certificates to projects submitted for Dryland Champions Program.
Special Meeting on the World Day to Combat Desertification
The meeting to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification will be convened on June 17th at the State Assembly of the Government of Ceará, in Fortaleza, in Northeast Brazil. In the meeting program, two books will be launched and discussed.  The President of Funceme will present the book “Land Degradation and Desertification in Brazil”, organized by Funceme and CGEE.  This book reflects the state of the art of DLDD in the Semi-arid region of Brazil and is a Brazilian contribution to the Latin American and Caribbean Initiative on Science and Technology on Drylands (AridasLac). CGEE will present the booklet “Land Degradation Neutrality: Implications for Brazil. This publication discusses the implications for Brazil of the Target 15.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in regard to achieving a neutral degradation world by 2030. More at :


Soil celebrated the WDCD on June 16th 2016. For SOIL, it’s natural to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification during an EkoLakay marketing event because the EkoLakay service aligns beautifully with the themes of WDCD! EkoLakay is a dry toilet, which means that you don’t need fresh water to use it.  Also SOIL collects and transforms the wastes from EkoLakay toilets into nutrient-rich compost that contributes to the rehabilitation and productivity of the soil. 

During an EkoLakay marketing event, SOIL staff will share news and literature surrounding the World Day to Combat Desertification as it ties into the ecological benefits of using a dry toilet that produces compost, a much-needed resource for soil restoration .


The day of June 17th, 2016, Grenada presented awareness lectures to students on Land, land degradation and the role of the Convention in supporting and promoting Sustainable Land Management and food security. We also held a television and radio Interviews on the UNCCD and WDCD. On this day, we established an SLM Demonstration School Garden at a Secondary School. Students were involved in planting soursop, which is one of Grenada’s premier export crops. Over time, soil conservation measures, involving the use of vegetative materials and other soil protection and enhancement measures will be established. The area will serve as a demonstration site, where the youth can observe best practices in farming that promote soil quality and protect land. 


Asociación para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Integral (AIDER) is supporting and organizing the initiative “Week for combating desertification” in partnership with the Regional Government of Piura, the Departmental Commission for Combating Desertification in Piura. There are a variety of activities from 3-19 June in Piura and Lima cities and in local communities. 

We have started with our WDCD campaign in dryland communities in Piura, Peru on June 17th, 2016.  During the main event, the Ministry of environment of Peru and we will be live posting via Twitter (@marioldy) photos and highlights from this forum that will convene different stakeholders including the Minister of Environment, UNDP and FAO representatives, mayors from dryland areas and community leader .The main activities are:

Activity 1: Campaign “Adopt a tree”
2) Organized by: AIDER, District Municipalities, CDLCDP
3) Date: 8, 13 and 16 June 
4) Venue: public areas of four districts in Piura
5) Event description: Arborization and reforestation in four districts of Piura (La Matanza, La Arena, Piura and Castilla) with participation of local communities, local public officers and schools.

Activity 2: Inauguration of “Expo-desert” Exhibition 
2) Organized by: AIDER, Regional Government of Piura, CDLCDP
3) Date: 14 June 
4) Venue: Open Plaza Mall, Piura 
5) Event description: Public photographic exhibition in panels installed in main areas of the mall in order to increase public awareness on desertification, land degradation and drought.

Activity 3: Exchange of experiences in combating desertification and land degradation 
2) Organized by: AIDER, University of Piura, IPRODE
3) Date: 17 June 
4) Venue: Auditorium of University of Piura, Piura
5) Event description: Public workshop with participation of public institutions, universities, private sector and civil society organizations for sharing initiatives in Piura and other areas in the country, and for discussing challenges on desertification, land degradation and drought.

Activity 4: Sustainable Development Goals and land degradation
2) Organized by: AIDER, UICN Peru, Peruvian Environmental Network
3) Date: 16 June 
4) Venue: Lima (venue to be confirmed)
5) Event description: Public event with participation of public institutions, universities, private sector and civil society organizations for presenting the SDGs and the goals addressing DLDD and for sharing the initiative of LDN target setting and identifying challenges.

For more information, visit 

The observance of the 2016 World day to Combat Desertification in Peru has been marked by the launching of the national strategy to combat desertification and drought . The new National Strategy has a long-range perspective in line with the UNCCD and the Sustainable Development Goals in particular the contribution to the neutrality of land degradation. For this purpose, it identifies specific objectives to comprehensively address the process of land degradation. These objectives are related to social, ecological and economic dimensions in the fight against desertification. At the same time, it faces directly the socioeconomic and environmental vulnerability, encouraging conservation and sustainable use of the ecosystem and its natural resources. Read more information about the WDCD observance and about the new National Strategy (both in Spanish).

Trinidad and Tobago
While well known for rainforests, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are actually about one-fourth desert and drylands. In the Caribbean, unsustainable land management practices are causing soil loss, degraded natural habitats, contributing to the loss of biodiversity and reduced natural buffers to droughts and floods. Climate change is exacerbating the situation. 

This year’s World Day to Combat Desertification advocates for the importance of inclusive cooperation to restore and rehabilitate degraded land and contribute towards achieving the overall Sustainable Development Goals. Land has been an overlooked component in sustainable development for years. Land is a vital link to provide solutions to cope with many other development challenges such as climate change, secure water and energy resources, and promoting inclusive growth.

As part of that country's activities to celebrate WDCD this year, the University of Trinidad and Tobago hosted a lecture on sustainable development and then a special exchange from students from around the country on issues of land degradation, climate change and biodiversity protection on 16 June. The lecture and the exchange were given and facilitated by the UNCCD Secretariat's Capacity Building Officer, Dr. Richard Byron-Cox.


The Government of Venezuela and the Bolivarian University of Venezuela will celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification with a series of lectures, taking place in "Simón Bolívar" conference room on June 17 from 8.30 -13.00. The topic of the lecture will be:
1. Conservation, mitigation and recovery of soils in the hydrographic basins
2. The drought in the frame of the priority basins
3. Plan of reforestation in the basins
4. Challenges in the frame of the "Congreso de la Patria" - chapter Ecosocialism



FAO headquarters, Rome
Celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification 2016 at FAO "Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People" 
Friday 17 June, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 
Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO headquarters, Rome

The theme of this year's World Day to Combat Desertification, "protect earth, restore land, engage people", captures the importance of inclusive cooperation for protecting land and water resources and restoring and rehabilitating degraded lands.
The event advocates for urgent action to achieve a land degradation-neutral world and highlights ongoing and planned collaborative efforts by FAO and partners to halt the progress of desertification by addressing its root causes pro-actively within the context of sustainable development Agenda, notably Target 15.3which states 'By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.'
The celebratory event will highlight views from national and international dimensions as well as FAO's key areas of work for achieving SDG target on land degradation neutrality. Invited speakers include the Ambassador of the Republic of Cape Verde, the Managing Director of the UNCCD Global Mechanism, the Executive Secretary of the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and FAO's Deputy Director-General Natural Resources Coordinator. 
Four new technical reports on drylands, desertification, fisheries, rangelands and drought management will also be showcased. Two of these reports were prepared by the Land and Water Division, and can be accessed in the links to the right of this article.
ICARDA / CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
Love the land , Take action
Why land degradation is our greatest issue today. Statement by Dr. Richard Thomas: "Our efforts for sustainable development, for peace and stability in drylands...
To mark the 2016 World Day to Combat Desertification, ICARDA has also produced:

Desertification: the Invisible Frontier of Land Degradation, Poverty and Migration, an Exposure multimedia story by Tana Lala-Pritchard of CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems

Reversing agricultural land degradation worldwide.  Implementing sustainable solutions with Conservation Agriculture

  1. Issuing poster and brochure (page 1, page 2 ) in Arabic language about the importance of the day and the other issues related to combat desertification such as rehabilitation of degraded land and local population participation. Also it will highlight the importance of Land Degradation Neutrality ( LDN ) for sustainable development . They will be distributed to the Arab countries through LAS /CAMRE.
  2. Preparing a documentary film about the importance of land resources for food and other materials as well as the efforts to combat desertification and achieving LDN and sustainable development goals.   
The Pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall, which includes 12 African countries implementing the GGWSSI will collectively observe the World Day in conjunction with its Fifth Session of the Ordinary Council of Ministers which will be held on 13 and 14 June in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to the session, the Committee of Technical Experts will be held on 11 and 12 June. In cooperation with the Senegalese counterpart:
  1. The ministers and other stakeholders will make an announcement of the WDCD celebration on 16 June
  2. They organize a tree planting ceremony at Hann Forest and Zoological Park in the morning of 17 June;
  3. They will conclude the event with a press conference right after the tree planting ceremony. 


The UN digital Ambassador Elyx designed a poster for the WDCD 2016

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