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This year's Africa Environment Day, celebrated under the theme Combating Desertification in Africa: Enhancing Agriculture and Food is also an occasion to kick-start the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) observance, which will be held on 17 June.
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Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, has accepted her designation as Drylands Ambassador of the UNCCD.
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Over 2000 delegates attending UNCCD’s COP11 came to the Rio Conventions Pavilion and joined in the conversation on synergistic approaches to achieving a land-degradation neutral world and supporting sustainable livelihoods. The dialogues ranged from tar
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Desertification Week

​For the week of April 23-27, the UNCCD together with civil society is hosting an online “desertification week.”

We need your help.  What do you think we need to do to halt desertification?  Let us know you support this cause through contributing a blog post, tweet, Facebook status.

This interactive event is facilitated by the non-governmental organization RTCC, and will feature information sharing among civil society, grassroots organizations and experts.

Every minute, land equivalent to the size of a football field becomes unproductive, lost to degradation through desertification and drought.  Studies show that up to two billion hectares of degraded land and forest globally have the potential for restoration.

As we lead to Rio+20, we wish to raise awareness about the threats posed by desertification and land degradation.  Solutions do exist, and many organizations around the world are doing innovative work already to promote sustainable land management.  Restoring degraded lands can also offer solutions to climate change, as healthy soils and vegetation store more carbon.

Help us spread the word, and check out what others are saying online about desertification.

Post to Twitter using #desertificationweek #UNCCD or #desertification

We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Want to take your action offline? Organize an event for the World Day to Combat Desertification coming up on June 17.

More resources

RTCC on desertification

Rio+20 should make sustainable land use a top priority, op-ed by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary UNCCD

Desertification, a video by GoodPlanet

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