2020 Events around the world

The 2020 Desertification and Drought Day is now over, but we would love to hear about your event! Please add a relevant activity to the interactive map below or send us an email DDD2020@unccd.int so we can share your news on our website and social media to inspire people around the world to take action and prevent, halt and reverse land degradation. Learn more about Desertification and Drought Day 2020 and its theme "Food.Feed.Fibre: Sustainable production and consumption."

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AFRICA

Algeria

A l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée de lutte contre la Désertification et la Sécheresse, dont le slogan est « Aliments. Fourrage. Fibres. », « الغذاء. الأعلاف. الألياف », et qui vise à sensibiliser les individus sur la manière de réduire leur empreinte écologique, le Ministère de l’Agriculture et du Développement Rural de la République Algérienne Démocratique et Populaire, organise, à l’échelle nationale au niveau des 48 wilayas diverses activités en collaboration avec les différentes structures socio-éducatives et autres partenaires locaux, à travers des expositions, des conférences, des tables rondes et des concours de dessins axée sur le changement des comportements vis-à-vis des principaux facteurs de désertification et de dégradation des terres: la production et la consommation croissantes et excessives de la population à l’échelle planétaire, ainsi que sur la problématique de désertification, de dégradation des terres et la migration des populations à la recherche de meilleures conditions, et sur la stratégie nationale à mener en vue d’assurer la neutralité de dégradation des terres, qui ne peut être atteinte sans impliquer tous les acteurs concernés notamment les investisseurs.

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Cabo Verde

The African Union, the NGO ADAD and its partners will organize a series of activities over 24 hours, to be held on 17 June this year, as a simultaneous planting of trees on the islands of Santiago, Fogo, Maio, S. Nicolau and Santo Antão, and in several countries and cities, taking the opportunity to pay tribute to the countries and institutions that have contributed the most to the fight against desertification in Cape Verde

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Cameroon

During the 2020 Desertification and Drought Day, the African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development will mobilize members in several African Countries to organize digital advocacy and awareness efforts with the focus on links between consumption and land. These messages will be released on several platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Whattsapp.

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Remise de cadeaux aux lauréats du jeux concours radiophonique organisé par le ministère de l'environnement, de la protection de la nature et du développement durable du Cameroun

Chad

A l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée de lutte contre la Désertification et la Sécheresse
HOUSE OF AFRICA étant membre de UNCCD organise une conférence-débat à l'intention des 40 jeunes et élèves pour sensibiliser sur l’importance de lutter contre les facteurs de désertification et de la sécheresse et de leurs outiller sur la consommation responsable afin d’éviter le gaspillage
La conférence sera animée par 2 personnalités (Un enseignant-Chercheur et un Responsable de la Délégation Provinciale du Ministère de l’Environnement d'Abéché)

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Comoros

Article paru dans le Journal La Gazette des Comores à l'occasion de la Journée contre la désertification et la sécheresse.

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Côte d'Ivoire

On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d’Ivoire organized the National Fortnight of Environment and Sustainable Development under the theme "Nature speaks to us." 

The Ivorian Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development stressed the importance of the fight against land degradation in this essentially agricultural country for the development of land-related activities and the well-being of citizens. He reiterated his determination to protect the environment and warmly thanked the UNCCD Executive Secretary for his commitment. 

A l’occasion de la journée Mondiale sur la lutte contre la Désertification et la sècheresse, le ministère de l’environnement et du développement durable de la république de la Côte d’Ivoire a organisé la quinzaine Nationale de l’environnement et du Développement durable sous le thème : La nature nous parle. 

Le Ministre de l’environnement et du développement durable ivoirien a souligné l’importance de la lutte contre la dégradation des terres, dans son pays essentiellement agricole, pour le développement des activités liées à la terre et au bien-être des citoyens. Il a réitéré sa détermination à protéger l’environnement et remercie vivement le secrétaire exécutif de la convention des nations pour la lutte contre la désertification pour son engagement. 
 

Democratic Republic of The Congo

Social media messages by AISED members

Ethiopia

Webinar on the potential  impacts of COVID19 on the Great Green Wall initiative in the Southern African Development Community

Guinea

To celebrate this year's World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2020 under the theme "Food.Feed.Fibre" the NGO FEDEP is launching its #LandGuardian campaign to celebrate civil society actors who are campaigning for the implementation of UNCLOS.

For the NGO FEDEP, civil society actors do excellent work on the ground. They are the voice of communities and work hard to restore degraded land by sharing their traditional and technological knowledge despite the lack of resources.

WDCD is, therefore, an opportunity for our organization to highlight "Land Guardians " so that their actions are popularized around the world. The campaign is also an opportunity to share the best practices of organizations and inspire others to advocate for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including  Land Degradation neutrality  (LDN) point 15.3. 

How do I get involved?

It will be up to the actors of civil society to send us a mini-biography (French or English) highlighting their achievements accompanied by some photos. The bio may include the following information: countries, paths, areas of action, targets, projects ... (maximum 1 page Word).

How do I send the news?

The information will be sent to:

Email: fatiiche@gmail.com and CC to ongfedep@gmail.com 

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The association for sustainable development is continuing its project for the conservation of threatened species in the forest of Nialama in Linsan (Lélouma). About six forest nurseries of nearly ten thousand plants are already installed and maintained by the communities under the supervision of our field agents and paralellement AGEDD supports the market groups of the six targeted villages. It should be remembered that the NGO AGEDD will promote the conservation of threatened forest species used by chimpanzees for their habitat or food. More details can be found on the project website: www.agedd.org

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Kenya

IUCN is planning to support UNCCD in observing the Desertification and Drought Day, on 17 June with key messages on sustainable agriculture and land health. The IUCN website will feature a blog article and a web story, as well as a video from our Director General Grethel Aguilar. The day will also be promoted in IUCN regional newsletters and through social media channels.

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Panel discussion on sustainable consumption and production in preparation for 2020 Desertification and Drought Day

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2020 Desertification and Drought Day celebration focuses on changing public attitudes toward leading drivers of desertification and drought

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Webinar bringing together diverse stakeholders in Kenyan agriculture realm to celebrate 2020 Desertification and Drought Day

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Community tree planting with teachers, students, Naramam's and Parkiror's women groups in Naramam West Pokot to celebrate 2020 Desertification And Drought Day

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The African Youth Initiative on Climate Change holds a webinar on the Desertification and Post COVID-19 Recovery Process in partnership with Plant-for-the-Planet, Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance and Hatof Foundation.

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Morocco

The African region celebrated the Desertification and Drought Day through an open webinar meeting organized by the African Union Commission and the AUDA-NEPAD in collaboration with the UNCCD Regional Liaison Office for Africa. The celebration them, this year is “Food, Feed, Fibre” to remind the world the linkages between our production, consumption and land. Panelists aMr. Abderrahim HOUMY, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, Marine fisheries and Waters and Forests of the Kingdom of Morocco and Chairperson of the UNCCD African Group, the AU Commissioned for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Ambassador Josefa COREIA SACKO, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism of Namibia, H.E. Mr. Pohamba SHIFETA, the minister of forestry of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Executive Secretary of CILSS, Mr. Djime ADOUM DJIME, the African IWG member and National Focal Point of Uganda, Mr. Stephen MUWAYA, OSS represented by Mr. Nabil Ben KHTRA, the Chief of the UNCCD RLO for Africa, Mr. Boubacar CISSE, and the AUDA-NEPAD Director of Environmental sustainability, Dr. Rudo MAKONIKE. The panelists have stressed the urgency of implementation of convention to address food security, drought and contribute to the security of the continent, also in the context of COVID19 Pandemic. After the panelists a number of questions have been raised by the audience, to which the panelists have provided responses.

Niger

On 17 June 2020, Niger has joined the international community to observe the Desertification and Drought Day. The Minister in charge of Environment, Urban Health, and Sustainable Development, Mr. Almoustapha Garba delivered a message in which he stressed that Africa is undoubtedly one of the regions most affected by desertification. He said that the theme of the day – Food. Feed. Fibre – is a challenge. And It raises the issue of sustainable land management for a better world for future generations and the urgency to act now. He emphasized : "We must act now, with determination to prevent, halt and reverse the trends. This will enable us to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 15.3 on land degradation neutrality by 2030.” In his message, the Minister also noted that the observance comes in the context of the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. In this regard, his country Niger has already joined the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative with a commitment to restore 3.2 million hectares by 2030.

 

Nigeria

An NGO provides training to  young farmers on climate change and new methods of farming to combat desertification and river bank erosion, saving agricultural land from turning into desert.

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FADE Africa is an international non-profit organization committed to the control of environmental degradation and climate change with an emphasis on desertification. Together with Didi Museum, they are launching Art4Land contest to mark the Desertification and Drought Day.

South Africa

Webinar presenting land restoration community projects

Uganda

Uganda Farmers Common Voice Platform joins the rest of the world to celebrate the Desertification and Drought Day. We are conducting media engagements especially radio talk shows to sensitize communities on the dangers of deforestation. 

United Republic of Tanzania

Desertification and Drought Day awareness campaign

 

ASIA/PACIFIC

Bangladesh

Online webinar at 14:00 (UTC+6) to learn about the problems, solutions and challenges to improve the relationship between land, consumption and production and achieve Land Degradation Neutrality in Bangladesh.

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China

As part of the national observance, several activities will be organized including an opening ceremony, articles and interviews in major new papers and mainstream media and on social media. A video greeting will be submitted as part of the UNCCD virtual event, and the full event will be posted on the ministry's website. 

 

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The Zero Food Waste campaign in the lead-up to the Desertification and Drought Day is initiated by the UNCCD CSO alliance, and China Green Foundation will lead on the campaign in China on the most popular SNS including Sina, Tecent Mini Video and Meituan.

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China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) is an observer of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). To join the actions across the world for the 2020 Desertification and Drought Day, we have been organizing series of events, including:

  1. The Green Bottle Campaign – calling for the public to reduce the use of plastic bottles and to reuse them
  2. The Sand Industry Special Fund – encouraging industrial revolution and innovation in desert areas
  3. Efforts to Preserve Soil Biodiversity – appealing for the removal of Earthworm Machines on e-commerce platforms. Sales of the Earthworm Machines online are presently driving a plummet in the number of earthworms in the soil
  4. Sustainable Fashion – the Zero Fur Movement centered on animal welfare
  5. (5) Good Food Campaign – calling for responsible food consumption that takes into account the impact of eating behaviors on the environment
  6. (6) Environmental Public Interest Litigation – using the legal system to safeguard the environment
  7. (7) Recycling Old Clothes – with an emphasis on green lifestyle and resource reutilization
  8. (8) Appealing for a fundamental shift in the idea of reforestation projects so that biodiversity will become a key element of such projects
  9. (9) Water Safety Fund – for SDG 6, and poverty alleviation
  10. (10) Researches on Desertification – to inspire new mechanisms to combat desertification

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China Green Foundation (CGF) is organizing a online public event on 17 June "Clean Your Plate/Zero Waste (Guangpan Campaign光盘行动)"

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The first Kubuqi Online Forum covered three sub-themes

  1. Experiences sharing on desertification combating, a practical case of Kubuqi
  2. Support from green finance, a guarantee for better environment
  3. Technologies of bio-diversity, a common future

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On the observance of Desrtification and Drought Day GVS is introducing Land Degradation mechanisms to farmers in Sri Kalahasti city in Southern India. Attached image reflects a typical case of land degradation due to neglect of soil erosion control, as evident from undulated topography which deserves control measures.
GVS is executing the following Control Measures to rejuvenate the land in Srikalhasti located at 13.7527° N, 79.7067° E

• Land Degradation Control Measures:
Bunding around the area and digging a trench on the inner side of the bund of 3 feet width all round the area and undertaking bamboo plantation at the bottom of the trench preceded by vegetable market waste application as a source of organic matter which is allowed to decompose with a dung solution (1 Kg dung + 25 liter water) used as a starter. The trench serves to store rainwater and further prevents surface runoff.
-The undulated topography corrected by application of tank silt so as to obtain even surface of the degraded land.
-The land status will be improved is cropped with a legume such as horse gram grown under rainfed conditions which also serves as an excellent cover crop thereby preventing soil erosion besides enriching the nitrogen content through biological ‘N’ fixation.
-It provides excellent protein rich fodder for cattle and yields pods used for human consumption

Other Activities planned:
Introducing Invisible Micro-Pond Technology
Biochar Urinal System
Operational Methodology of Gau Gas Plug and Play Model
 

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ParyavaranMitra is a voluntary organization working on environmental issues since 1997 in state of Gujarat, India.
ParyavaranMitra’s youth brigade Green Catalyst initiated webinar series SAMVAAD: TALK TO TALK in collaboration with Raah foundation & Department of Life Long Learning & Extension, Gujarat Vidyapith through various online platforms.

On 17 June, we are organizing a webinar on "SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF DESERTIFICATION" at 6 pm through Instagram live @green_catalyst.pm. Dr. Mukesh Lakum will be our expert for the webinar and shares insight about socio-economic impacts of desertification.

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Environment for Future Generation (EFG) is a group of academicians, scholars and students who preferred to be identified by a single name: environment-enthusiastic. The sole aim of EFG is protection of environment and ecology by means of activity controlling various kinds of pollution. Formed recently, EFG is still in a nascent stage and depends entirely on voluntary services, therefore appealing to every environment enthusiastic from all corners of the society to join lands with EFG.

  • EFG has its base in Berhampore, Murshidabad, West Bengal and has begun working in the locality since 2019. Each Sunday, volunteers gather and participate collectively in various forms of the campaign against environmental pollution control. The first project taken up by EFG is "Our Bhagirathi, Our Future," which aims at cleaning the Bhagirathi river and its banks of all pollutants, especially the single-use waste plastic. This is an ongoing project which is being successfully and enthusiastically carried out by the EFG volunteers every Sunday
  • We have prepared so many micro level pollution map of the Berhampore town, and take action like waste related awareness campaign to combat plastic pollution in our locality
  • Not only cleansing the environment of the polluting elements, but also prevent pollution by planting trees. EFG has identified the fallow lands in the local area to carry out tree planting.

The further projects of EFG are:

  1. Recruit a bigger number of volunteers to carry out the projects on a larger scale
  2. Collaboration with national as well as international organization

Follow the link to see some of EFG projects.

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Virtual brainstorming session

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Webinar on reversing land degradation, desertification and drought thorough land and water use policies.

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Together,  Prakriti Vyvasa Samakhya (Natural Farming CSO), Anantapuramu, Andhra Pradesh and  WAYGA Foundation, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh carried out the following activities with participants from local villages:

  1. Demonstration of rain water conservation and reuse by forming an Invisible Micro-Pond (I.M.P.) to combat drought and ensure adequate moisture to rainfed crops
  2. Bund plantation for on-farm production of biomass and compost with Gliricidia sepium, a green leaf manure crop
  3. Raised bed system for growing vegetables
  4. Composting with weeds and crop residues
  5. Gau gas plug-and-play portable model for production of biogas for cooking and lighting

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Yerala Projects Society have joined hands together in celebrating Desertification and Drought Day and created an awareness programme for two villages from the Jalihal Project, Jath Block Sangli.

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To address land degradation and restoration issues, IUCN organized a four-part webinar series from 16 o 19 June 2020. On Desertification and Drought Day, the main focus was on nature-based solutions to combat desertification, addressed by Hon’ble Sadhguru in conversation with UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary Dr, Pradeep Monga and UNCCD Focal Point Mr. Vivek Saxena. Film Actor and UNEP CMS Ambassador Sh Randeep Hooda was also one of the panelists at the session, focusing on Aravalli Mountains landscape and Water Conservation. The series included:

  1. Bonn Challenge- India’s Commitments and Strategy to Combat Desertification and achieve Land Degradation Neutrality; 16th June, 2020 https://youtu.be/DpEBNRqGIwY
  2. Nature Based Solutions to Combat Desertification with focus on Aravalli Landscape and Water Conservation initiatives in Haryana; 17th June 2020.https://youtu.be/IO-R91I4fJc
  3. Agriscapes for Future- Integration of Nature Based Solutions for Sustaining Agribusiness; 18th June, 2020 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1D98IBgeysZowS_dlz0e6kGfYpuEFZMJG?usp=sharing
  4. Nature Based Solutions to Combat Desertification with focus on Vindhyas Landscape; 19th June, 2020 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1D98IBgeysZowS_dlz0e6kGfYpuEFZMJG?usp=sharing

 

Iran

The Ashti Cycling Organization (ACO) carried out environmental activities on June 17, 2020 to sustain the forests. Back in March, ACO planted a number of seedlings of Zagros forest species in the forests of Lake Zarivar, and 4 months on the day of combating desertification, these trees planted by ACO were irrigated. A "Plastic and Glass Waste" program concluded the day's activities, with a clean-up in wooded areas and meadows. Glass and plastic beverage bottles can act as a magnifying glass against the scorching sun and lead to fires in grasslands, jumping to trees. ACO has celebrated the Desertification and Drought Day for the sixth year in a row, always as a great opportunity to preserve forests and national lands. This year it was a particularly timely effort, since in early June, a large area in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains caught fire due to hot weather and clashes between profiteers, causing extensive damage to nature.

 

Kyrgyzstan

Leading experts will give a short overview of the recent land degradation trends in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, present initiatives on combating land degradation and discuss sustainable land use practices and approaches to celebrate 2020 Desertification and Drought Day

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Mongolia

The Mongolia Branch Office of Green Asia Network commemorated Desertification and Drought Day by holding a Children’s Day Campaign on 1 June. The campaign was aimed to promote harmony among local cooperative members and raise public awareness on the message of the 2020 Desertification and Drought Day, “Food. Feed. Fibre: Sustainable production and consumption.” The event took place in seven afforestation sites, with 153 participants. On the occasion of the Campaign, Children celebrated Desertification and Drought Day by making their pledge on environmental protection and taking commemorative pictures. In some afforestation sites, children sent thank-you letters to Green Asia Network during the campaign. The letters are mainly about how grateful they are for the jobs and help provided by Green Asia Network through afforestation projects. “Phrases like ‘If you plant a tree, you earn an extra year’ ‘Planting a tree brings you a thousand blessings’ make me believe that my parents are doing something rewarding and wonderful. Trees are very important. It provides fresh air, prevents soil degradation, and makes the landscape more beautiful.” (An excerpt from a thank-you letter written by a child of a local cooperative member).
 

Nepal

On June 17 we organized an animal welfare activity in Bhaktapur District, Nepal, feeding about 200 stray dogs in the Redcross and Kaushaltar area of Bhaktapur District who face starvation during a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. 

Pakistan

Exclusive talk and presentation on Resources of Cholistan Desert to commemorate 2020 Desertification And Drought Day. 

Republic of Korea

Together the UNCCD CSO Alliance and Future Forest Initiative are launching a campaign to raise awareness on the amount of water agriculture uses and the amount of carbon it emits. The campaign delivered in English, Chinese, Korean and Persian appeals to participants asking to take a photo of a finished meal and upload to instagram challenging friend and using the hashtags #dndd #unccd #zerofoodwaste #cso_alliance

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To observe this year’s Desertification and Drought Day, Korea Forest Service held a photo exhibition at Seoul Station from June 17 to 21. The exhibition was organized as a “paperless” exhibition to highlight the message of environmental conservation, using TV screens to show photos instead of prints. The exhibition curated photos delivering the theme of this year’s Desertification and Drought Day – Food, Feed and Fiber – or showing anti-desertification activities carried out by Korean non-profit organizations. Many people moving to and from Seoul Station showed interest in those anti-desertification activities of NGOs and said they would actively participate in campaigns for sustainable production and consumption. The Korea Forest Service will continue to do its best to prevent and reverse desertification and drought, working closely with the UNCCD and other international organizations and NGOs. KFS has also co-produced with UNCCD a talk show to mark 17 June and launched a website on environmental impacts of everyday consumer behaviors.  

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Sri Lanka

The Land Resources Division of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources, the focal point of Sri Lanka for the UNCCD, organized a seminar to mark the Desertification and Drought Day 2020. The focus of this year’s event was to introduce the National Drought Plan, which was developed with an initiative taken by the Land Resources Division, to mitigate the impacts of drought. Stakeholders representing many sectoral organizations were involved in that event. A cover page that included the theme, an article and a puzzle have appeared in the local newspaper “Wijaya News Paper” to educate theyounger generation on combating land degradation and drought in the country.

United Arab Emirates

Poster designed and issued on the occasion of the Desertification and Drought Day to raise public awareness. The poster will be available to all our Members as a hard copy, and upload it on the website and the other social media platforms.

Uzbekistan

EcoClean Fergana Association is launching an art contest.

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Azerbaijan

Social media campaign with materials translated into the local language.

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Belarus

Belarus has widely observed the Desertification and Drought Day, a global event which commemorates the entry into force of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification back in 1996. Currently, a team of Belarus experts jointly with the UNCCD Global Mechanism is developing a gender-responsive transformative project to rewet 33,000 ha of degraded peat- and mirelands to achieve multiple benefits at scale.

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Belgium

Social media awareness campaign

Finland

Finland will organize a a seminar on June 11 to celebrate the Desertification and Drought Day. The event will be organized by Vikki Tropical Resource Institute (VITRI), Helsinki University and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. UNCCD Land Ambassador and former President of Finland Tarja Halonen will be on the Panel and the President of Helsinki University will give an opening speech. The event will be moderated by professor Markku Kanninen from VITRI. 

France

On the occasion of the Desertification and Drought Day, the Secretariat of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe is organising a photo competition on the topic "What best represents drought/desertification for you?".

More information can be found on the Facebook page of the Agreement.

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Le 17 juin est célébrée la Journée mondiale de lutte contre la désertification et la sécheresse. À cette occasion ce webinaire explicitera le phénomène de désertification qui se produit principalement du fait de l’extrême vulnérabilité des écosystèmes des zones sèches aux changements climatiques, à la surexploitation et à l’utilisation inappropriée des terres. Il permettra aussi d’échanger sur les actions menées par la France et la mobilisation de la société civile pour lutter contre la désertification, notamment dans le cadre de la Convention des Nations unies sur la lutte contre la désertification (CNULCD). Un temps sera réservé au partage de questions et d’expériences.

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Ce webinaire explicitera le phénomène de désertification qui se produit principalement du fait de l'extrême vulnérabilité des écosystèmes des zones sèches aux changements climatiques, à la surexploitation et à l'utilisation inappropriée des terres. Il permettra aussi d’échanger sur les actions menées par la France et la mobilisation de la société civile pour lutter contre la désertification, notamment dans le cadre de la Convention des Nations unies sur la lutte contre la désertification (CNULCD). Un temps sera réservé au partage de questions et d’expériences.

PROGRAMME DU WEBINAIRE :
• Introduction | Marie Leroy, CARE France & Patrice Burger, CARI (5 min)
• Présentation générale du phénomène de désertification | Jean-Luc Chotte, pédologue à l’IRD et membre de l’interface science-politique de la CNULCD de 2015 à 2019 (10 min)
• Implication de la France dans la lutte contre la désertification | Philippe Lacoste, directeur du développement durable au Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères (10 min)
• La mobilisation de la société civile | Manon Albagnac, présidente pour le CARI du panel des organisations de la société civile de la CNULCD (10 min)
• Questions-réponses (25 min)

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Message from the IRP Co-Chair Janez Potočnik (Former European Commissioner for Environment) and Expert Panel Member Dr. Jeff Herrick (Soil Scientist at USDA) about the strategies and tools to match land use with their sustainable potential.

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Georgia

LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is organizing various online activities to celebrate Desertification and Drought Day in Georgia. Within the framework of World Day to Combat Desertification, the EIEC is organizing a webinar for the young participants of its “Eco Leaders School” discussing topics such as desertification, land degradation and expression of these challenges in the most vulnerable municipalities of Georgia. As part of the online celebration, the EIEC is preparing and will disseminate on social network infographic and informational banner about this day and its topic of the year – Sustainable Production and Consumption. Furthermore, the EIEC will gradually post video series with Georgian subtitles about initiatives of sustainable production and consumption launched by the UN.

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Italy

Teams webinar Borghi Ideali di Sicilia, in occasione della Giornata Mondiale per la Lotta alla Desertificazione e alla Siccità. From Palazzo Landro Scalisi of the Municipality of Floresta, the highest municipality in Sicily, the Desertification and Drought Day is celebrated as a long-standing tradition. Floresta village is a symbol of getting desertification risk under control in a desertification-prone region. The initiative is supported by the Municipality of Floresta, by the Regional Park of the Nebrodi Mountains, by the Metropolitan City of Messina and by the Association of Environmental Education Center (CEA) Messina Onlus and by the IRSSAT, as well as various public agencies, professional associations and NGOs. Tech and information support by the University of Messina

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NRD celebrates the World Day to Combat Desertification with the aim of disseminating, through local focus, the global themes of sustainable development, in particular regarding the climate crisis. In collaboration with the Asinara National Park, this year's program includes an online webinar in two sessions:
The first, entitled "Water and Asinara." will see the contribution of representatives of the institutions and experts in "taking stock" of the condition of the island's water resources and future prospects.
The second, entitled SDG-30 vs COVID-19: Opportunities for combating desertification will involve some of the leading international experts on the issues of combating desertification, including Desertnet International.

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On Wednesday June 17, on the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification, the Asinara National Park and NRD organize an online webinar, which will be divided in two sessions:
1. Water and Asinara with representatives of the local institutions and experts discussing the peculiar condition of the island's water resources and future perspectives.
2. SDG-30 vs COVID-19: Opportunities from combating desertification with some of the leading international experts on combating Desertification.
The event will be broadcasted on the platform asinarawebmeeting.it with simultaneous (ITA-ENG/ENG-ITA) translation for both sessions: the live web will air in the social and YouTube channels of the Asinara National Park and NRD, and the materials related to the topics covered will be made available and downloadable.

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Online consultation on how to design a guide to integrate the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure in the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. 

Portugal

Portugal will have a webinar to celebrate the Desertification and Drought Day, on 17  June. The webinar is dedicated to this year theme “Food.Feed.Fiber.” and is promoted by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests.
The State Secretary for nature conservation, forestry and territorial planning, Mr. João Catarino, will start the celebrations by making an opening speech (tbc). The webinar will also have experts participations, such as Mr. Eugenio Sequeira, from the UNCCD knowledge hub, Mr. Lúcio de Rosário, previous UNCCD national focal point. The new national focal point (designated) Mrs. Isabel Santos, will also be on the Panel. Mr. Nuno Banza, chairman of the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, will close this year celebrations.
 

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Serbia

On 17 June The Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia, as the authority responsible for the implementation of the UNCCD organized an event with the aim of raising public awareness on the causes and consequences of negligent and irresponsible attitude towards the land. The gathering was held in Novi Sad, with the participation of the representatives of the diplomatic corps, academic and scientific community, public institutions, NGOs and media. It was an opportunity to present the activities realized by the Ministry on combating desertification and drought at the national level and in an international context, as presented by UNCCD NFP.

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Spain

The Spanish organization Fundación Ingenio is organizing the live event “The future of agriculture: Produce more with less.” A panel of experts will discuss with the audience the answer to several questions including How can policies be improved to boost innovation and promote agribusiness in Spain? How can technology could help combat desertification within an environmental perspective? What impact does the agricultural sector have on the national and international economy? What role does technology play in giving an efficient response in water management and in the fight against desertification and land degradation?

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The soil seeks its Personal Protective Equipment: Quiz on the World Day to Combat Desertification. To commemorate the World Day to Combat Desertification, June 17, we have prepared the following page where the soil is the protagonist. You will find infographics on the functions of the soil, the methods for soil protection, the song Born of the Land, by Ricky Kej and Baaba Maal. Plus, a QUIZ that you can complete to check your knowledge on the subject.

Turkey

Video conference  "Protect Your Land, Stop Desertification" held by the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion, with the speech by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Bekir Pakdemirli to celebrate World Desertification And Drought Day

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Online digital game to raise awareness about desertification among youth with a knowledge test and certificate of participation

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The Desertification and Drought Day and Soil Week will take an online conference format with the participation of the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr. Bekir Pakdemirli and Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Mr Ibrahim Thiaw, as well as other senior official of the ministry, NGOs and the staff of the Faculty of Forestry and Agriculture

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General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion organizes an annual “International Combating Desertification Training” to share the experiences in the fields of desertification, land destruction, drought, erosion and forestry with experts from Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and the Balkan countries. The training organized this year was carried out online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 115 foreign experts from 68 countries and two international agencies participated.

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The Aegean Forest Foundation is a non-governmental organization founded in 1995 with the principle of planting trees, saving forests and awakening "green" consciousness to be widespread in every part of the society.  The foundation has provided more than nine million saplings for national forests and continues its efforts to enhance public consciousness through  trainings on sustainability, novel technologies to combat desertification, prevent forest fires, reclamation of flood basins, protection of biodiversity, rural development, lowering carbon emission and energy efficiency practices. Aegean Forest Foundation has also been a part of many regional, national and international projects supported by the EU and the government of Turkey. The foundation is accredited by UNCCD. At present time,  the afforestation work continues while keeping social distance. 

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25 volunteers have joined the first seminar in the desertification series organized by UNCCD Regional Liaison Office for Northern Mediterranean. Seminars will take place in Istanbul every Friday until the end of June to inform participants on the work of UNCCD, desertification, drought, climate change, LDN and project writing.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Online event to discuss how people survive and thrive in the uncertain and risk-prone Sahel, through the findings of a long-term study on the village of Dlonguebougou to celebrate 2020 Desertification and Drought Day

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Argentina

Round table of specialists and indigenous communities to celebrate 2020 Desertification And Drought Day

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A virtual round table with prominent speakers and well-engaged audience, covered by the media across the country.

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Colombia

Online webinar on lessons from the past to combat desertification in celebration of 2020 Desertification and Drought Day

Grenada

Grenada gives its full support to the 2020 Desertification And Drought activities

Guyana

As part of the national observance, message from the National Focal Point, Mr. Trevor L. Benn will be published in major newspapers and social media platforms such as the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (National Focal Point Agency to the UNCCD) Facebook page and website . Short videos and motivational messages will also be published. These activities are intended to heighten public awareness on matters related to combating desertification, land degradation and drought as we seek to remind people about the importance of creating a new social contract for nature to truly achieve land degradation neutrality.

Mexico

We will celebrate the Desertification and Drought Day holding a webinar with national and international representatives, including Mr. León Jorge Castaños Martínez, General Director of Mexico’s Forestry Commission.

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Webinar "Sustainability and Desertification and Drought Day"

Peru

Online event for the exposition about experiences on desertification control in Ecuador and Peru. For that, the representatives of the institutions that make up the Departmental Commission – CDP Piura (Regional Government of Piura – GORE Piura, National Forest and Wildlife Service – SERFOR, and the Association for Integral Research and Development AIDER) and the representative of the Ministry of the Environment – Ecuador will present its experiences.

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UN Food and Agriculture Organization

FAO Webinar on the Recarbonization of Global Soils (RECSOIL) will take place on 17 June from 15.00 to 16.30 

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FAO is organizing the experts and stakeholder consultation “Integrating land tenure security to achieve land degradation neutrality” to prepare the technical guide

Sahaja Yoga Meditation Australia

The environmental problems caused by overconsumption and production are immense. Many environmental scientists admit that we need a cultural transformation to address these issues.
Sahaja Yoga Meditation provides a simple meditation which promotes improved physical, emotional and mental well being. If humans can take to a more satisfied existence within then significant world wide changes in consumption are possible. On this day to honour the Convention to Combat Desertification, Sahaja Yoga will help you discover an inner dimension of sustainability by experiencing peace within through true meditation.
Everyone can achieve a state of mental silence leading naturally to inner peace and harmony.

Green Hope Foundation

Online presentation on sustainable development processes with an emphasis on sustainable consumption and production inn preparation for Desertification and Drought Day. 

Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021

Facebook Live Q&A session about an innovative way to monitor threatened koala populations in bushfire affected areas to celebrate 2020 Desertification and Drought Day

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Africa Youth Advisory Board on Disaster Risk Reduction

An online event titled "Food. Feed. Fibre: Stakeholder Perspectives and Actions to Combat Desertification and Drought in the IGAD Region" was held on June 17, 2020.  The Africa Youth Advisory Board on Disaster Risk Reduction (AYAB DRR) under the African Union Commission (AUC) organized the two-hour webinar to mark the Desertification and Drought Day. The focus was on the IGAD region, given the multiple crises it has experienced in 2020: desert locust invasion, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was supported by the Africa Science and Technology Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (Af-STAG), also under the AUC. Current updates were given by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and UNCCD (Bonn) and its Regional Coordination Unit for Africa (Morocco). Digital Earth Africa (DEA) presented about the use of Earth Observation Data in monitoring the impact of drought on a lake. Youth organizations: AYICC Kenya, Friends of Kinangop Plateau and Green-Nettle Textile presented their projects on sustainable fashion in line with the "Food. Feed. Fibre" theme. The recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

UN Food and Agriculture Organization

In line with this year's theme "Food.Feed.Fibre: sustainable production and consumption" FAO is organizing an expert meeting "Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forest in the context of national food security" to highlight the importance of responsible land governance as a fundamental component of sustainable land management and for achieving sustainable production and consumption.