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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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UNCCD Asian Media Workshop

​In the run-up to Rio+20, UNCCD organized two regional media workshops on land degradation, desertification and drought.

The Asian media workshop took place on 23-25 May 2012 in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China. Competition was open to environmental journalists from across Asia, who have previously reported on land degradation and desertification. Selected journalists were from China, India, Vietnam, Egypt, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and South Korea.  

The three-day workshop included discussions with land experts on different aspects of land degradation, desertification and drought in the region and a field trip, showcasing both the challenges of the problem and the best practices of combating it.

The media workshop was jointly organized by the UNCCD, State Forestry Administration in China, Korea Forest Service and Xinhua News Agency and supported by the Forestry department of Inner Mongolia, China.


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