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The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing is planning a celebration of WDCD in all 48 provinces (wilayas). The celebration will involve the participation of managers, companies, investors and the youth, as well the as the minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing.

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Under the theme “Land has True Value”, ICENEDEV will commemorate the World Day to Combat Desertification 2018 on 18 June at Conference Rome of Fakoship Plaza adjacent Mountain Club Buea from 9:00 to 12:00. The event will include showcasing success stories of empowering smallholder women farmers in Cameroon; expertise sharing by Luca Castellanza from University of Mannheim, Germany; and an overview of the on outcomes of 13th Session of the Conference of Parties to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP13) in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. In addition, a field project in sustainable land management with ICENECDEV and smallholder women farmers group will take place on 16 June.


The Greens and civil society organizations of the North West Region Cameroon organised several awareness-raising activities to commemorate #2018WDCD:

  • Abakwa FM 99.0 radio show from 10:00 to 11:00 am on 16 June 
  • A round-table discussion on the "Land has true value. Invest in it" on 17 June
  • Tree planting activities will be carried out on 18 June. 1000 trees will be planted at Mankon Fon's Palace; 500 trees at three water catchments in Mwasu
  • Training in water catchment protection and community tree nursery design, construction and management for communities in Mwasu Quarter, Mankon
  • Establishment of Mwasu Community Tree Nursery
  • A football match between environmentalists and the community Mwasu


Desert Research Center plans to celebrate the World Day at the end of June after the feast of Aid El-Fitr. The details of the observance activities are being finalized.


On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification the national newspaper (Eritrean Profile) published an article on WDCD and the message of the executive secretary of UNCCD on June 16/2018.
The message was also broadcasted on local mass media in different languages.

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This year’s Kenya national commemoration of the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will take place on 17 June at Oldonyo Nyokie School, Magadi in Kajiado County. The county committee has endorsed various activities to commemorate WDCD, including tree planting, a procession, exhibitions, media (TV & radio) talk shows and newspaper coverage raise public awareness on the WDCD theme “Land has true value, Invest in it.” The national event will be attended by the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya Honourable Mr. William Ruto; the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Honourable Mr Keriako Tobiko; Principal Secretary, Mr Charles Sunkuli; Director General of NEMA, Prof Geoffrey Wahungu and the Chairman of the Board of Management of NEMA, Mr. John Konchellah; and the host Governor Ole Lenku.

Other activities will include:

  • Donation of water tanks and donkeys to women’s groups and institutions in rural communities to facilitate water harvesting
  • Donation of dairy goats and wooden beehives to youth and women groups to support community livelihoods
  • Training on production of honey and related market value chain - 10 000 tree plantings in schools, churches, health centres and residential areas
  • Clean-up activity in Kiserian and Tinga townships on 16 July 2018

Safaricom, Tata Chemicals, UNDP, KEFRI, Vi-agro-forestry, KIRDI, KALRO and the Kajiado County Government are among the partners and sponsors of the national commemoration of the World Day.


The Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Ecologie et des Forêts of Madagascar organised an event on 15 June to observe the World Day. The event features include a screening of a movie about combating desertification, an exhibition and a panel discussion.


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The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia will be commemorating the World Day to Combat Desertification on 19 June with the event will take place in Rehoboth, an agricultural hub south of the capital city Windhoek. The event that aims to raise awareness about desertification and encourage good practices in land management will include a series of thematic presentations by various institutions as well as a tree planting activity. 


The African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development (ANYL4PSD), a youth organization in Africa, is delivering a 2018WDCD campaign in Maradi, Niger and Maroa, Cameroon to mark the World Day. The campaign aims to popularize sustainable land management practices in local communities through the engagement of young people and women.


The “Fédération des Unions des Éleveurs Producteurs” du North Niger (Sahel) will celebrate the World Day by launching a tree planting activity on 3 August 2018 during the rainy season. The event that will take place at Tchintabaraden aims to leave a legacy for future generations to fight the effects of desertification, excessive tree cutting and over-exploitation of natural resources.


The Green Fighter, a youth organization of University of Rwanda, plans to celebrate the World Day by empowering the primary school children in Nyarugenge district on 20 June. The team will present information on desertification, land degradation neutrality and the role that youth can play in fighting desertification and land degradation.


The Association des Pépiniéristes et Planteurs de Tône-Ouest (SONGOU-MAN) will mark the World Day on 17 June by planting 1600 trees as part of the yearly reforestation programme.


In Tunisia, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC Tunis) and the Association for the Protection of the Island of Djerba (ASSIDJE) – a non-governmental organization – will organize a “get-together” with civil society organizations (CSOs) from across the country to discuss challenges and opportunities pertaining to land degradation neutrality.
The event, which will be opened by Mr. Michael Hage, FAO representative in Tunisia, will take place on 22 June 2018 in Djerba at the Cultural Mediterranean Centre (Centre Culturel et Touristique Méditerranéen) in Houmet essouk. Guests include Mr. Hamda Aloui, UNCCD National Focal Point, who will speak about Tunisia's commitments under the Convention and highlight the importance of pursuing Land Degradation Neutrality. 
The programme also includes presentations by IRA Médenine, a prominent research institution focusing on drylands, the GEF Small Grants Programme and the UN Resident Coordinator's Office. The Sustainable Development Goals -- SDG 15 in particular -- will be in focus with the screening of an explanatory video (Arabic with subtitles in French) produced by UNIC Tunis. 
The event will end with a debate with CSOs focusing on community-based and social entrepreneurship initiatives that promote sustainable land management in Tunisia. 

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The Department of the International Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Cambodia will organize an awareness-raising event on 15 June to celebrate the World Day. The event will take place at the Phnom Tamao Zoological Park and Wildlife Rescue Center in Takeo Province. About 550 participants, including ministers, governors, ambassadors, senior government officials, partners, NGOs, students and farmers are expected to attend the event.


The National Forestry & Grassland Administration, together with other relevant agencies, will organize a high-level event on 14 June, 2018 in Yulin city, Shaanxi Province to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification. This event aims to advocate the significance of combating desertification for poverty alleviation and rural revitalization and to increase public engagement in desertification control at the national level to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality. The event will be joined by Chinese high-level officials, representatives of Chinese local provinces and numerous enterprises. The participants will visit a tree planting demonstration site.

In the latter part of June, The National Forestry & Grassland Administration will organize an International Seminar on techniques of desertification control and ecosystem rehabilitation in Gansu Province. Some twenty technicians and officials from affected developing countries will attend the seminar.


The China International Youth Exchange Center, with the support of UNCCD secretariat, organized the event “A Greener China – 2018 International Youth Eco Movement” on 26-27 May 2018 to honour the World Day to Combat Desertification. The event raised awareness of young people locally and internationally on the importance of combating desertification and land degradation, and the role youth can play in conserving natural resources. About one hundred people from local youth groups, international youths and local government bodies participated in the two-day event.


The HMSUEDesign Studio will be organizing an exhibition to raise public awareness on the topic of desertification on 11 - 22 June, 2018 in Shan Dong City. To increase the impact of the event, which will bring together foreign and local designers to share their creativity, an accompanying promotional campaign will be launched on social media.


Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is actively commemorating WDCD with a variety of events. India is also the host country for the World Environment Day this year and on this occasion, the Ministry will take part in the exhibition that will showcase the country’s efforts towards meeting goals and objectives of UNCCD.


Grameena Vikas Samithi and a farmer’s group, Cumulus STAAR, Kalroadpally, will celebrate WDCD by undertaking a field action in Kalroadpally village, Andhra Pradesh. The farmers will demonstrate the bund strengthening, gully control and plugging, planting of tree seedlings and the sowing of green manure crops in the common fields.


SPAN Network plans a field-based action to observe the World Day. On 17 June, they will organize a series of actions targeting farmers and focused on the conservation of biodiversity, such as planting of fruit and shade trees, organic farming and vermicomposting demonstrations, as well as presentations on resource management and preservation.

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Hoths Organization for the Human Services in Prakasam District of Andhrapradesh will organize a workshop and essay competition among school children to celebrate the World Day.


Familial Forestry will be organizing two special events for the #2018WDCD. On 5 June, in Sangriya, District Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, there will be an event and plantation to celebrate #2018WDCD, with an expected 500 participants. On 17 June in Loonkaransar, District Bikaner, Rajasthan, they will organize a dialogue on the UNCCD followed by a second plantation.


The SRI KRISHNA Farmers Club of Gondipalli village is organizing field based actions on 17 June to celebrate WDCD2018.


The Krityanand UNESCO Club Jamshedpur India will conduct a research program from June 2018 to December 2018, based on the theme of 2018 WDCD “Land has true value. Invest in it”. The research will focus on identifying sustainable land management (SLM) policies, beneficial for boosting bio-economy. The program will address issues faced by land managers, such as various SLM approaches, restoration technologies, or measuring and monitoring SLM implementation.


Komal Bal Avam Mahila Kalyan Sanstha, an organization of women's groups, marked the World Day on 9 June, 2018 by presenting an awareness-raising event in Pushkar, Ajmer, Rajasthan.
The event included a women's rally in Pushkar market, a puppet show and a workshop to promote conservation of land resources as a way to ensure the drinking water safety.  


Matha HS MANNAMPETTA a local NGO in India will celebrate World Day on 18 June by engaging communities planting medicinal value plants in Thrissur. 


MATHRUBHUMI SEED holds several awareness raising activities including debate, painting competition, and a rally to at Trivandrum Monvila Bharatheeya Vidyabhavan School to mark the World Day on 17 June. Environmental activist Mr. Pallipuram Jyakumarand Uma Trideep also gave a talk to students about important of conserving land resources. The organization also implemented green protocol in the community to fight desertification.

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Gram Bharati Samiti (GBS) organized a group discussion with the women farmers in village Kukas (Jaipur).


Komal Bal Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan organized a meeting with women farmers and landless labourers in Pushkar. Munnidevi, secretary of the organization told the women to harvest the rainwater within their farmlands to conserve the soil and check further degradation of the land. She advised the women to cultivate the crops that require less water and plant fruit trees on the peripheries of the farm to increase their income and improve the quality of the land.


A sensitization workshop was organized by Grameen Manav Kalyan Shikshan Sansthan Kachroda, a women farmers and workers NGO, at a School in Ganpati Nagar. Participants of the Women Self Help Groups have expressed their concern over degraded land, water scarcity, climate change that had increased the burden for women who shoulder most of the household responsibilities i.e. managing water supply, fodder for cattle and crops harvesting. They also highlighted safe drinking water, a major issue that has affected nearly hundred fifty villages. 


Samuhik Vikas Sansthan Newai (SKSN) organized a group discussion with the local farmers in village Bidoli, Rajasthan, India to mark the World Day. The discussion highlighted the causes of severe land degradation and dust storms that have affected over hundred local communities in Rajasthan earlier this year. Munnala Rao, the secretary of SKSN exchanged opinion with the locals on how to reduce the impact. The discussion ended with a local commitment to integrate sustainable land management practices such as tree planting at a larger scale.


The Forests, Rangelands and Watershed management Organization (FRWO), a focal institution of UNCCD in Iran, will mark the World Day with a publication on land issues and the importance of combating desertification on Jangal va Marat (Forest and Rangeland) Journal. The magazine is published quarterly and widely disseminated across the country. It is accessible online here.


The Natural Resources and Watershed Management General Directorate of the Golestan province will organize a workshop to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm at the conference hall of the Natural Resources and Watershed Management. The workshop will include a discussion on: 

  • Regional dimensions and the negative impacts of desertification in Golestan province
  • Intensifying factors of desertification in the province
  • Strategies to combat desertification at a regional scale

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To mark the World Day to Combat Desertification, a youth organization Amido will put  together a mini-football tournament among the teams of Semey, Kazakhstan on 14 June, 2018.

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Voice of Animal Nepal Kathmandu (VOAN), a non-governmental organization in the Kathmandu, will deliver an awareness-raising event to celebrate the World Day on 17 June. The event will consist of a presentation on desertification and drought, as well as a tree planting activity to raise awareness among the local population. The tree planting activity, managed by Ward Chairman of Lalitpur Metropolitan city, will take place along the river bank of Bagmati River near Manmohan Park at Balkhu of Lalitpur District.


The “Urban Green and Clean Project” will be organized by Tourism Development Endeavors and PowerShift Nepal on 17 June in Kathmandu to mark the World Day. The event, which aims to create public awareness on the importance of green spaces in urban areas, will bring citizens together to plant trees in “Ward 10 and 31” of Kathmandu.

Republic of Korea

The Korea Forest Service (KFS), partnering with civil society organizations such as Future Forest, Green Asia Network, Northeast Asian Forest Forum and Forest For Life, will mark WDCD by organizing 2018 World Day to Combat Desertification Korea on 15 June 2018 at the Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul. The event aims to raise public awareness on the spread of desertification. The tentatively planned activities are:

  • Panel message on the significance of combating desertification
  • Video and photo exhibitions
  • The distribution of tree saplings to the public
  • Online promotional activities including postings on the official KFS Facebook
  • Parade bearing 2018 WDCD messages 
  • Special designed music performance to showcase importance of combating desertification


On the 28 June 2018, the Land Development Department, the National Focal Point of UNCCD, will organize a public presentation "The importance of WDCD and pathway for the implementation of the Convention" to celebrate the World Day. The event will take place at 10.15-11.00 am in KhonKaen. The presentation will discuss effect of salinization in soil, a key problem in the region, and the importance of investing land in a sustainable way. There will be approximately 320 participants joining the event.


Under the slogan “Invest in Land, Invest in Future,” the Ministry of Forestry and Water Management of Turkey will mark the World Day to Combat Desertification on 20 June, 2018. The event will take place at the OGM Conference Center, Sogutozu, Ankara. Painting, essay writing and poster competitions will be part of the event features. The winners' art works will be displayed at shopping malls in Ankara to raise public awareness on the true value of land.


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United Arab Emirates

The Emirates Environmental Group will be launching their annual month-long paper recycling project “Recycle. Reforest. Repeat” on 18 June. The objective of the project is to create awareness at the grass root level on the need to preserve the environment by engaging the community in a constructive activity with a target to accomplish. The project will require EEG’s corporate, academic and student members to submit paper waste for recycling. The target collections are 750 kg of paper for EEG’s corporate and academic members and 350 kg of paper for EEG’s student members.

Viet Nam

From 8-17 June the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), Vietnam,  in collaboration with its project partners organized a series of awareness raising activities to celebrate WDCD.
The main event was held in Central Province of Vietnam together with the Centre for Agriculture Extension Quang Nam to highlight issues of desertification and its consequences besides sensitizing public about the objectives of observing WDCD. About 100 participants which were mostly young people joined the event and have planted one hectare of forest trees.

A training was held in Son La province in the Northern mountainous area of Vietnam on the 11 June, aims to train local communities on compost production to increase soil fertility. The training which attended by forty people concluded with fruit trees planting as a symbol of commitment to conserve land and improve the livelihood of local people.


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On 17 June, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development / the UNCCD Viet Nam focal point organized a tree planting event to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification. The event which took place at the University of Fansipang in Lao Cai province was attended by 200 participants. Among them are representatives of the Vietnam Forest Administration (VNFOREST), local government, forest protection department, university lecturers and students.

In addition, a workshop with the theme "The role of community in sustainable forest management" was also organized to address land degradation and promote sustainable land management (SLM). The workshop brought together experts and leaders of SLM practices, to exchange and share learning experiences in combating land degradation.

The events also drawn the media attention to spread the message of the World Day. 

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European Union

On 18 June 2018, European Commission's International Cooperation and Development will celebrate WDCD in Brussels with the following events:

  1. An internal experts workshop that will gather colleagues and partners working on land issues and foster an exchange on integrated and cross-sector action to achieve land degradation neutrality and sustainable land management, as well as share best practices.
  2. A presentation at DEVCO’s InfoPoint (12:30-14:00). The event will focus on getting land issues into the political agenda and promoting integrated sustainable land management actions. This is an opportunity to showcase specific examples of how partner countries can tackle the desertification together, building on lessons learned, concrete solutions and tangible achievements on the ground.


On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification 2018, the Working Group on Desertification (GTD) and CARI launch an online campaign to raise awareness on desertification and its related issues to people living in drylands.

The campaign which include an online petition, will appeal to the government to give more attention to the issue of land degradation such as its causes and consequences, besides sharing ways to fight land degradation.

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The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace is organizing an event to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification at St. George’s International School in Cologne on 15 June 2018. The event will feature a lecture on desertification and land degradation, as well as highlight simple actions and lifestyle changes that individuals can make to help address global challenges. Exhibition and social media engagement campaign will be used to further spread the message.

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The restaurant "Un Melo," an affiliate of the International Association Un Punto Macrobiotico, will be organizing an awareness-raising event on 17 June, 2018 from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification. The event will take place at Reggio Emilia and will be inaugurated by Sabino Caldelari, the honorary chairman of UPM of Reggio Emilia and  Ms. Valeria Montanari, Councillor of the town of Reggio Emilia.



Fundacion Agreste, together with the Cultural Affairs and Public Diplomacy department of the USA Embassy in Madrid, is organizing an international conference on “The Value of Fragile Ecosystems for Sustainable Development” that will take place on 5 June in Pontevedra. The conference aims to address the importance of fragile ecosystems in the sustainable development agenda and on valuing the services they offer, encouraging investment in initiatives to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality.



To celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification the Commission on Water Resources, Desertification and Drought, chaired by Senator Adriana Muñoz, with the collaboration of UNESCO's Water Center for Latin America and the technical coordination of Geographer Elir Rojas will hold a special senate session on 19 June to discuss the effect of desertification on different development sectors. The members of special Senate session will identify the synergies from each sector and look into the national plans to address desertification and its related issues.

Invited guests for the special session include Mr. José Murillo, General Manager of ESVAL; Dr. Gabriel Mancilla, Director of CAZALAC; Dr. Denisse Poblete, expert in social intervention; and Carolina Vilchez, Head of the Water Office of the Municipality of Petorca. 

The special senate session is broadcast live on tv.senado.cl between 10.30 and 12.00 local time. 



Misión Verde Amazonia will hold their third seminar on sustainable livestock production systems on 7- 9 June 2018 in the auditorium Ángel Cuniberti, University of Amazonia, Florencia to mark the World Day. Speakers from Uruguay, Argentina, Barbados and Brazil will present their success cases in the seminar. For more information and to sign up for the free seminar, click here or email seminario.sspg@gmail.com with your personal information.


Ecuador is hosting this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification observance event. For more information, visit the global observance page.


The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, the Guyana National Focal Point Agency together with the Mangrove Restoration and Management Department of the National Agriculture Research & Extension Institute (NAREI) will commemorate World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June 2018 through restoring degraded mangrove at the Essequibo Coast, Walton Hall, Guyana. 15,000 seedlings of Rhizophora  and Avicennia Germinans will be planted in the designated area which is severely eroded. The Essequibo coast is considered as a buffer zone that protects communities from the Atlantic Ocean. The restoration activity will engage Walton Hall community in particular the youth. Besides, the Guyana Government lauds the call "Land has true value. Invest in it." through print media stating the importance of combating desertification and implementing sustainable land management practices.

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To commemorate the World Day to Combat Desertification CONAFOR, in collaboration with the Government of Coahuila, the National Commission on arid lands (CONAZA) and the Antonio Narro Autonomous Agrarian University (UAAAN) organize a series of workshops and lectures on desertification. The event held on 16 June in Coahuila was attended by  Governor Miguel Riquelme and FAO representative Crispim Moreira.

In addition, CONAFOR organized a youth engagement event to raise awareness of young people. Forty students from the Agricultural Technological Baccalaureat Center of Jala, Nayarit together with officers of CONAFOR visited an ongoing restoration site and the youth group has a hands on experience of restoration techniques.    


The Ministry of People's Power for Ecosocialism and Water, in cooperation with the General Directorate for the Conservation of Hydrographic Basins, will mark the World Day by organizing several events based on the theme "Our commitment: Protect the Earth's Goodness” Forum: Evaluation of extreme drought 2015-2016

When: 13 June 2018 from 9 am to 1pm.

Where: Auditorio Batalla de Carabobo of the Bolivian Museum. Caracas. Capital district. The forum will bring together representatives of energy, agriculture, water and forest fires sectors, as well as community organizations to discuss the socio-economic impacts of extreme weather events such as drought. The event will contribute to the development the National Drought Plan and the progress of Venezuela’s target setting program to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality.

Reforestation campaign in Protective Zone of the La Mariposa Reservoir River Basin

When: 15 June 2018 at 9 am

Where: El Cují- Figueroa Sector, Los Salias Municipality. Miranda State. The campaign is planned to raise awareness on desertification, land degradation and drought, and to encourage conservation through reforestation practices for the management of agricultural and forest lands. (information in Spanish)

Other activities will take place in the 24 territorial areas of the country to include community meetings for knowledge sharing, film forums, public exhibitions and talks, eco-walks, reforestation and environment educational activities. (information in Spanish)

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Plataforma Del Semiarido de Lara will organize a public workshop at Barquisimeto on 22 June, 2018 to mark the World Day. The event will bring together academia and the civil society to discuss and review the lessons learned from the development actions carried out in the semi-arid state of Lara. The workshop will also showcase new sustainable approaches that can be adopted in future for the sustainable development of the region.



To mark the World Day to Combat Desertification, the UNCCD Civil Society Organizations of Africa will organize a Twitter Chat Event on 17 June, 2018 at 11:00 am GMT with the hashtag #2018WDCD. Civil society organisations, national focal points, UNCCD partners and individuals are welcomed to participate.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO, in cooperation with the Permanent Representation for the Peoples Republic of China, plans to organize as seminar on “Land/Tenure and Water Technical Networks” on 18 June, 2018 at its headquarters in Rome. The seminar will focus on the role of the private sector in combating land degradation, as well as highlighting investments and new approaches that have been pioneered by the private sector. The UNCCD Global Mechanism Managing Director Juan Carlos Mendoza will speak at the event. See programme.

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On occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification, Voliris will be launching the RendreLeDesertHabitable.com website, which aims to make the desert inhabitable and thus to improve the livelihood of local communities.

Algonquin Regional High School of Northborough

The Algonquin Regional High School of Northborough, Massachusetts is organizing an awareness-raising campaign about the dangers of desertification and soil erosion on 6 June.