2021 Events around the world

The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day is coming up on 17 June, and we would love to hear what you are planning to mark the occasion! Please add a relevant activity to the interactive map below or send us an email DDD2021@unccd.int so we can share your news on our website and social media. Your event can inspire people around the world to take action and prevent, halt and reverse land degradation. Learn more about Desertification and Drought Day 2021 and its theme "Restoration.Land.Recovery: We build back better with healthy land."

2021 Events Around the World Map

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AFRICA

Algeria

2021 was launched the "initiative for the restoration of the green dam"  under the theme: "Restoration of the green dam for a healthy population ", which will be implemented in the form of a local development project in an intervention area. of 4.7 million ha (13 Wilayas, 173 municipalities, 1200 localities including 905 grey areas), for the period of 2022-2035. To this end, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, through the General Directorate of Forests will mark this year's Observance of Desertification and Drought Day on June 17, which coincides with the 25 years since the ratification of the Convention in January 1996. On this occasion, it is organizing study days at the national level entitled "Assessment and Perspectives", under the chairmanship of the Walis, in the presence of key sectors working in the fight against desertification, researchers, investors, society. civilians, breeders ad others. 

This event will be the opportunity:

-To list and debate all the efforts made by all sectors to deal with this scourge, which is defined as a major risk in article 10 of Law No. 04-20 of December 25, 2004, relating to major risks ;
-To present experiences of successful projects in the field of land restoration led by foresters, farmers, private individuals, associations or others ...
-To propose the new vision to fight against desertification and drought at the local level;

 

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Egypt

Desertification is a gradual process through which fertile land degrades over time and turns into barren soil unfit for agriculture. It is mostly driven by resource mismanagement, inappropriate agricultural approaches, and land overexploitation by fast-growing communities. It is also compounded by intensifying climate change. 

Hailing from Sekem, ICARDA, IWMI, Heliopolis University, the UNCCD’s Great Green Wall and Egypt’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the experts will discuss best practices to regreen the desert, explain why it is crucial to global stability, and highlight multiple challenges that come with halting, and reversing desertification. They will also discuss the central roles that gender, higher education, research, and international sharing of knowledge each play in such an initiative. 

 

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Eritrea

The Ministry of Agriculture marked this year's celebration of Desertification and Drought Day with a press release and published a flyer about "Eritrea’s Major achievements in Natural Resources Management over the past 30 years". The TV channel Eri-TV, Eritrea (Official) broadcasted a report to mark Desertification and Drought Day. News in English for June 17, 2021 - ERi-TV:

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Kenya

The proposed venue for this year’s national (Kenya) commemoration of the Desertification and Drought Day on 17th June is Korollle Oasis in Chalbi Desert (the only desert-like environment in Kenya) located in Loiyangalani Sub-county of Marsabit County. The preparation for DDD commemoration has involved two Steering Committees at the national level (6 meetings have been held) coordinated by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) an institution under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and at the County level the Local Steering Committee under the County Government of Marsabit. The main activities planned for this event will include tree planting, a procession, exhibitions of technologies, media talk shows, newspaper supplements with targeted messages, award of recognition certificates, donation of water tanks to institutions and distribution of publicity materials like brochures and placards. The climax will be the various messages by dignitaries headed by the Chief Guest, the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Honourable Keriako Tobiko.

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Our new documentary film, Regenerating Rangelands, looks at examples of how PRM has improved the use of rangelands in Kenya and Tanzania, and how these stories can be amplified in rangelands elsewhere across the world. To celebrate Desertification and Drought day on 17 June at 10:00 CEST / 11:00 EAT will feature the premiere of the documentary, followed by a discussion between filmmaker Patrick Augenstein, Fiona Flintan of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Ken Otieno of the Resource Conflict Institute RECONCILE as Eastern African Focal Point in the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP).

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Lesotho

The Kingdom of Lesotho through the Ministry of Forestry Range & Soil Conservation is celebrating Desertification and Drought Day on June 17th, 2021 under the auspices of UNCCD. This event is held at Ha Patsa in Mafeteng district. The proceedings of the day are leaded by the Honorable Minister of  Forestry Range & Soil Conservation Mr Maliehe, Acting UN Resident Coordinator Lesotho Mrs Wabunoha, FAO Assistant Resident Representative Mr Nthimo and WFP Country Director Miss Rusiga. The delegation will be taken on a guided tour at which the Ministry with its partners has conducted land restoration in the form of water harvesting in the form of earth dams, wetland restoration and donga rehabilitation. Thereafter the Minister will deliver a keynote address to the public attending, while the Acting UN Resident Coordinator will deliver the statement on behalf of the UN Family in Lesotho.

Morocco

To commemorate Desertification and Drought Day 2021, the Africa Union Commission and Partners are organising a two day virtual forum. The forum will provide opportunities to present the new Africa union Sustainable Forest Management Framework (AU-SFMF), showcase the importance of forests in combating desertification, drought and the diverse initiatives undertaken in the region to combat desertification.

Nigeria

Public enlightenment on combating desertification and significance of tree planting as well economic potentials of land restoration for improved livelihood of the teeming population.

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To celebrate this year's Desertification and Drought Day the Abundance of hope initiative, an NGO to promote sustainable farming methods, organized a Zoom event with different panellists to talk about the risks of land degradation. The panellists showcased best-practice examples in sustainable land management.

South Africa

The painting is a Knysna Turaco Bird Forest. The birds are found in the forests of KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and The Cape, South Africa. They can grow up to 42 cms in height and eat berries, seeds, leaves, insects and earthworms. The turaco's red pigment (turacin) contain copper. The birds are on the decline due to the negative impact of deforestation on their habitats, mainly caused by climate change and land degradation.

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To celebrate this year's Desertification and Drought Day the Deputy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Ms Makhotso Soytu hold a press conference to call for investments in healthy land to protect our economies against challenges like climate change. The Deputy Minister has reiterated the urgency to invest in land, enhance coherence and synergies to protect and restore natural ecosystems as part of the global recovery from Covid-19. “Investing in healthy land as part of a green recovery is a smart economic decision, not just in terms of creating jobs and rebuilding livelihoods, but in terms of protecting economies against future crises caused by climate change and nature loss,” said Deputy Minister Sotyu. South Africa’s landscape is composed of 91% of drylands making it susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. It is for this reason that the government is committed to the rehabilitation, conservation and restoration of degraded landscapes by implementing the post-economic recovery measures through the presidential stimulus package. Evidence suggests that a green stimulus package could offer growth potential for the economy through investment in green projects and programmes; employment creation and co-benefit effects. These can be derived through the restoration of degraded ecosystems and conservation of the remaining intact ecosystems for the continued delivery of valuable services to livelihoods. For more access the link below. 

 

 

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Sudan

On the occasion of the Desertification and Drought Day 2021, VisioTerra produced some views of Sentinel satellite data and precipitation models along the Great Green Wall and in particular in the Darfur region of Sudan. As a member of the Copernicus Academy, VisioTerra works to make free data easily accessible to citizens and communities. Several platforms have been built by VisioTerra in Africa to offer geoservices for monitoring indicators, dashboards, early warnings for deforestation, agriculture, irrigation, detection of active fires and burnt areas. Visit our website to explore the maps.

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Zambia

Our Land Hero David Chapoloko is organising a tree planting and sensitization event to observe this year's Desertification and Drought Day in Lusaka, Zambia's capital. He managed to fundraise for 80 trees. 30 have been planted so far in two schools, and the remaining 50 are yet to plant in other schools. He could not manage to plant all at once because schools closed prematurely due to the Covid pandemic. The key partners in the project were Passion for Greens organisation(founded by David Chapoloko), Art for Climate Zambia(founded by David Chapoloko), E-Busaka, the University of Zambia Environmental Educators Associations UNZA EESA, media houses and other stakeholders. At the end of the campaign, a webinar was organized to emphasize the importance of the day and to create more awareness. The webinar was held by Marcos Montoiro, who highlighted what UNCCD is doing to promote the fight against drought and desertification. Certificates of participation have been distributed to the participants.

ASIA/PACIFIC

Bangladesh

Roopkotha Atiq Rahman dreams of a green world where everyone will live together peacefully. There will be lots of trees and flowers. Animals like rabbit and deer will roam there freely . Mother nature will provide them enough food. Bird, butterfly and bee will fly over the flowers. Fish and duck will swim in the clean water. All animals, birds and trees will make the world a happier place as the trees will provide all the necessary things to everyone for survival and there will be no need to fight over anything. There will be diversity and everyone live together in the green world without harming others.

China

To celebrate the Desertification and Drought Day 2021 from 15 to 17 June, National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) of China has convened the observance event with a high-level academic forum on high-quality development of combating desertification in Xi'an city of Shaanxi Province under the theme “adopting integrated management of mountains, water, forest, farmlands, lakes, grass and desertification to achieve harmony and intergrowth between human and nature.” Nearly 200 representatives from management, scientific research units and enterprises of various provinces attended the event. The UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw sent written message to this event, Deputy Administrator of NFGA also Chairperson of China National Sand Control and Desert Industry Society Mr. LIU Dongsheng presented and delivered keynote speech. China National Sand Control and Desert Industry Society issued an initiative “Driving development by Innovation, Adopting science-based approaches in combating desertification” and called for action of all people related to science and technology in the field of combating desertification (see in annex). The opening ceremony is moderated by Dr. Sun Guoji, Director General of Department of Combating Desertification of NFGA, NFP of UNCCD in China.

Famous experts including Chen Fahu, academician of the Chinese Academy of Science, and Jiang Jianchun, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, attended the academic forum and gave keynote speeches, focused on key topics such as prevention of sand and dust storms, containment of sandification for natural rehabilitation, ecological conservation of grassland, desert culture, repairing of post-mining area, positioning monitoring, development of sea buckthorn, and conducted exchange and discussion through sub-forum and thematic session. The event created a deep and positive social environment for combating desertification featuring in vast promotion around China, active involvement of everyone and comprehensive participation of all society.

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Around the 17th of June, China will organize a High-level event for the observance of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day Chinese, including an Academic Forum on High-quality Development of Combating Desertification in Xi'an city, Shaanxi Province. During the event, there will be keynote speeches, sub-forums, and field trips to extensively advocate the role of combating desertification for social-economic sustainable development, encouraging public participation, pushing forward high-quality development of combating desertification, and contributing to the realization of LDN at the global horizon. A ministerial-level official of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration will present at the high-level event and deliver a speech. 

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India

Let's everyone joining hands together to present this only living earth with pollutionless environment....

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This is the Greenary I wish the Wrorld be in.

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Along with my Familial Forestry Activists team, we will mark Desertification and Drought Day in 1000 villages of western Rajasthan. I have been establishing Paryavran Pathshala (eco-learning centre) in these villages with the help of school teachers and my students. These centres start plantations and make participant climate literate. School teachers, students and their parents receive environmental education through these Paryavran Pathshalas. I have planned to involve 100,000 students and Familial Forestry Activists through these Paryavran Pathshalas in activities for Desertification and Drought Day 2021. Our Familial Forestry Activist will do plantation and make people aware of the desertification process and their role in combating it. We are going to develop a landing page on our website for this drive where participants will submit their actions regarding this day. I am also developing content regarding Desertification and Drought Day to publish regularly on my Facebook page @ FamilialForestry. At present we are facing the second surge of Covid-19, if the situation allows we will plant 10,000 saplings on Desertification and Drought Day. 
 

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We are planning to mark the occasion of Desertification and Drought Day on June 17th 2021

Our events are :

— Organising a tree planting event or campaign through familial forestry concept to observe Desertification and Drought Day 2021 at Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan State in India. This event will engage schools and colleges.

— Making people aware about Desertification and Drought Day 2021 through Social Media like Twitter (@AjayKumarDhill : https://twitter.com/AjayKumarDhill) and Facebook (@AjayKumarDhill : https://www.facebook.com/AjayKumarDhill/)

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We are organizing a tree plantation event with the collaborations of Dalhousie Divisional Administration Dept., Dalhousie Forest Dept. and Youth Hostel for the celebration of " 2021 Desertification and Drought".
 

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For the occasion of Desertification and Drought Day 2021, we uploaded an awareness video on youtube. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/0zs8XV8RCFc

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The biodiversity club, the nature club and the bhoomitrasena club of the Regional College of Science and Humanities have decided to conduct a video making competition to mark Desertification and Drought Day 2021. This video making competition shall raise awareness among students about the deforestation happening around them and shall incite students to be committed to preserving nature, the greenery, and the scenery of the habitat.

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UNCCD Children's Art Competition submission

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Save the Earth, Name: Aaradhya Priya, Class-7,G.D (DAV PUBLIC SCHOOL,CASTAIR'S TOWN, DEOGHAR, JHARKHAND, INDIA)

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My dream ,I want to do this

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Flying on my bird, with clear skies, powerful wind, showering love, to make my world magnificent.

Iran

This is my painting, Arshida from Iran, of the future I dreamed of. Arshida Naseri

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I am Atrin Afshari Tavana, seven years old from Hamedan, Iran My world is a green world where everyone will be friends

 

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To celebrate this year's Desertification and Drought Day the Islamic Republic of Iran is organizing an event at the Urmia lake, Maranglou site, West Azerbaijan Province on July 1st. This event will focus on reporting achievements in combating desertification in the Urmia lake basin and will be attended by several regional and national High-level guests and representatives of UN agencies in Iran. Representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran invited universities and NGOs to celebrate this year's Desertification and Drought Day.  So far, they received letters from 25 Universities and NGOs indicating their willingness to organize webinars. 

 

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Kuwait

Dalal Abdl-Aziz from Kuwait, 9 years old, explains how she likes the earth to be green in the future: the air is clean, and everyone lives healthy and in safety.

Lebanon

Can you make a video to raise awareness on land degradation and solutions?

Restoring or recovering degraded land is not only the responsibility of farmers or other land stakeholders but of everybody and especially the Arab youth as rising agents of change and future leaders who are more likely to appeal and guide their peers while bridging the intergenerational gap. Your challenge is to make a video, 2 to 3 minutes long, providing a simple but appealing message to either describe the problem or ways to address the issue or a combination of both. The video can be a monologue, a poem, a comedy, a play, a song, a game, an interview or a short movie or documentary. Videos in Arabic, English and French are welcome.

The challenge is open to adolescent and young adults between 15 and 30 years of age.

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) and United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) are holding an online event to celebrate the Desertification and Drought Day 2021 (DDD 2021) on 17 June 2021.  Aiming to better contribute to the overall achievement of the DDD 2021 theme, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technologies (UN-OICT), launched the DDD 2021 Youth Challenge: Restoring Degraded Land in the Arab Region. The event will feature a panel of expert who will explore potential actions needed to protect and restore the land in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as discussion among youth on their role in restoring degraded land in the Arab Region. Further, the video challenge winners will be announced.

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Mongolia

The youth movement Shambala 2056 is organizing the Art and Tech Nomadic Forum the aim of which is to fundraise for the ‘Be human’ land-art initiative. The youth activists initiated a movement ‘One tree in gobi and one tree on your yard’ which proposed to plant trees on the yards in Uliastai, Ulaanbaatar, and one tree in Dornogobi, Mongolia for 35000 tugrugs. Several youth NGOs participate including CasaArte, Lantuun Dohio, Oim, Toirog, and many other youth-led organizations. More on this initiative can be found at https://www.facebook.com/shambala.mn/

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The Mongolia Branch Office of Green Asia Network commemorated this year's Desertification and Drought Day by hosting the following activities on Wednesday, June 2. Participants included 76 children, ranging from six to 12 years of age, of local cooperative members from eight regions in Mongolia (seven of which are Green Asia Network's afforestation sites and Ulaanbaatar, the capital). Despite the rising Covid-19 cases in Mongolia, the Mongolia Branch Office has prudently prioritized educating the youth on issues such as climate change and land restoration in order to insulate their communities against future environmental and socioeconomic crises and safeguard the planet's future, and in doing so, have carried out these activities online in compliance with Covid-19 safety regulations

Oman

For the observance of this year's Desertification and Drought Day, Oman's activities for this day include conducting a webinar on land degradation and drought issues, publishing a newspaper article on this day, and disseminating information on desertification and drought in Environment Authority's social media.

We also have circulated the Youth Challenge, organized by The Arab Organization for Agricultural Development in cooperation with ESCWA, which aims to motivate Arab youth to become the generation that will stop and reverse land degradation. The finalists will be presented during the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day celebrations.

Qatar

Abdul Rehman Paracha is a 12 year old artist, he began creating art as a hobby when he was 6 years old. In this drawing, he depicts a future where all animals live in peace and harmony in their natural enviornment. The horse in the picture has a leash on him to show the previous effects of human interaction following the horse through to its natural habitat after it has escaped from human capture

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As a part of in-situ conservation, the Qur'an Botanic Garden restore wild plants of the flora of Qatar in their natural habitats, which is considered to be conservation within sites, in order to combat desertification, reducing of carbon emissions and involve the community in preserving the environment, plants and natural resources found in the country, and within the framework of the Garden, to the preservation of wildlife and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with Qatar's National Vision 2030 for the conservation of natural areas and wildlife. Through its conservation program, the Qur'an Botanic Garden aims to rehabilitate and develop Qatar’s vegetation, which suffers from many threats such as overgrazing, lack of rainfall, high temperatures, mining activities and urbanization, as well as weak land stocks of seeds and the spread of exotic plants. The program aims to maintain the Rawdat ecosystems in order to restore biodiversity to nature and develop local pastures, as well as to measure the efficiency of these plants to resist desertification and drought.

The QBG is an active organization in Qatar that works to collect, preserve and multiply all plant species in the country and region and is the main supplier of plants and seeds to government restoration and landscape programs. This year, the QBG hosted its first in-situ conservation-restoration activity on February 26th where more than 300 native trees were restored to their natural habitat with the help of partners and the involvement of the Qatari community and school students. The event on June 17 is a continuation of the tree planting activity with a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the Desert ecosystem to Combat Desertification and Drought.

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تنظم مبادرة غرسة للزراعة المنزلية بمناسبة يوم التصحر والجفاف حملة تشجير نسائية. يترافق الأمهات وأبنائهن أولاداً وبنات لتشجير أحد الحدائق في قلب الدوحة، لتساهم السيدات في إعادة إحياء الأراضي المتدهورة، وتكون لهن البصمة الخضراء مشاركة منهن في تعافي النظام البيئي لمدينة الدوحة عاصمة قطر.
تنظم هذه الحملة تحت مبادرة زراعة مليون شجرة التي تسهم بشكل كبير في الحد من الانبعاثات الكربونية بزيادة عدد الأشجارفي جميع أنحاء دولة قطر.
تشرف على هذه المبادرة وزارة البلدية والبيئة وهيئة الأشغال العامة.


On the occasion of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day, GHARSA, the home Planting Initiative is organizing a women’s reforestation campaign, accompanied by their sons and daughters, to plant a public park in heart of Doha, in order for women to contribute to the revitalization of degraded lands, and to have a green footprint, participating in the recovery of the ecosystem of the city of Doha, capital of Qatar. This campaign is organized under the initiative to plant a million trees, which contributes significantly to reducing carbon emissions by increasing the number of trees throughout the State of Qatar. This initiative is supervised by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the Public Works Authority.

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The state of Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (Department of protection and wildlife), participates in the celebration of Desertification and Drought Day with the aim of raising public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification and reminding everyone that land degradation neutrality can be achieved through problem-solving, strong community participation and cooperation at all levels. The Ministry of Municipality and Environment, represented by the Environmental Affairs Sector, is making great efforts in the field of combating desertification, through the implementation of many programmes, initiatives, and projects related to the preservation of vegetation cover and the rehabilitation of Rawd (green areas). Among Qatar's efforts, a large number of Rawd (green areas) have been protected and rehabilitated: Rawda Rashid appears in the video which Qatar has posted as part of its outreach and awareness-raising activities, where 500 wild trees and grasses were planted and which was cultivated with 1.2k wild seedlings (Gaf, samar, ziziphus nummularia, salam, Lycium shawii). A field gene bank has also been established in the Rawdat Al Faras for important, rare and endangered species. The agreement was officially signed on the #DesertificationAndDroughtDay in line with the vision and directives of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in his address at the 42th ordinary session of the Shura Council in which he called for combating desertification, sand dune stabilization, and limiting soil erosion in service of developing and improving Qatar’s gardens and wilderness.

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Singapore

This is the drawing of our 6 years old daughter Hu Qingqing.
The title of her drawing is Land of Rainbows.
She describes her drawing as follows: The land in the future is beautiful. There is no drought because it rains everywhere, even in the desert. The rain brings out colorful rainbow, lots of water on the land, and plenty of fish. Everyday, I can go out to catch a fish under the beautiful rainbow. Every child grows healthily and happily.
 

Sri Lanka

Environmental pollution return from environment

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Our vision of the land we would like to live in the future
Name : Yumee Liyara
Age : 6 Years Old (10.10.2014)
She is my daughter.She loves to draw pictures.I am her Mother (Sarasi Fernando)
 

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Investing in land is crucial in achieving the sustainable development goal: combating desertification, restore degraded land and soil and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world. The next decade, therefore, calls for timely ecosystem restoration investments, as it will generate an apparent positive climate as well as biodiversity, food security, livelihood and many economic benefits for billions of people around the world. Commemorating the Desertification and Drought Day 2021, we aim to promote public awareness on what is happening from the ground to the global level and how we can tackle and find solutions together, through a series of webinars organized under the theme “Investing in Land Restoration for a Healthier Tomorrow: The Sustainomics Approach”. The series covers vital aspects related to the green recovery of degraded lands, from fundamentals to applications. The inaugural event will take place on 17th June 2021 (flyer attached). This is collaboratively organized by the Land Resource Division of the Ministry of Environment together with the Faculty of Agriculture & Plantation Management of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and Rehabilitation of Degraded Agricultural Land Project, UN- FAO. The Inaugural day panel will be attended by key policymakers, academics and practitioners (program attached).

Webinar 1 - Land Degradation, Desertification and Droughts: A Macroecological Perspective

Webinar 2 - Ecosystem Restoration: The Slumbering Challenges

Webinar 3 - Making Ecosystem Restoration Work: An Economic Perspective.

Webinar 4 - Panel Discussion: Green Transition amidst COVID-19: The Way forward
 

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This webinar will comprehensively discuss different strategies used for restoration of degraded lands at national and global scales, with an emphasis on their limitations and impacts. In addition, different land restoration strategies practiced in Sri Lanka will be focused with case studies at the national level. Finally, the barriers faced in implementing different land restoration approaches will be elaborated, while emphasizing the need for green restoration strategies.

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Importance of ecosystem restoration including green recovery options will be discussed from an economic perspective, with an emphasis on ecosystem services and valuation. During the second session, the adequacy and limitations of the available policy framework in Sri Lanka towards promotion of green recovery of degraded lands will be discussed, paving the way to build up conversation on the responsibilities and roles of different government and non-government agencies to implement Ecosystem Restoration and Green Land Recovery in Sri Lanka.

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State of Palestine

The state of Palestine, represented by the MoA, through the General Directorate of Forests, Rangeland, and Wildlife, celebrated Desertification and Drought Day by a forest seedling planting event as part of a forest governance project in Qushda (dry forest). It also held a virtual dialogue by a team of specialists and technicians of the MoA at the regional and sub-regional level, who discussed desertification and measures taken to reverse land degradation in Palestine. The event was held in cooperation with the Wildlife Society, an environmental quality authority. Further, a social media campaign was undertaken to raise public awareness of ecosystem restoration and desertification risks in Palestine.

Tajikistan

For the celebration of Desertification and Drought Day the Committee of Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan hosted a workshop on 18 June 2021. Mr Mavlodod Abdulkadyrkhon, Focal Point of UNCCD made a welcoming speech to the workshop participants. During the workshop, the presentations were made by scientists from the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan, the Institute of Soil Science, Focal Point of the Convention on Biodiversity and other experts. The final conclusions of the workshop are strengthening the implementation of the convention at the national level, sustainability of projects regarding combat desertification, strengthening interagency cooperation on land degradation issues, development of a national action plan to combat desertification in the Republic of Tajikistan.

Thailand

If we cut trees drought can't avoid. Save water and plant trees to make our Earth green and our life will be colourful

Turkmenistan

On June 17, 2021, as part of the celebration of the Day of Desertification, the First Meeting of the Scientific-Public Council on Desertification Problems (SPCDP) was launched. The Council became a unique initiative aiming to unite all the efforts of projects and scientific circles of Turkmenistan to combat the processes of land degradation and desertification. The SPDCP's development has been supported by the Scientific-Information Center of the Interstate Sustainable Development Commission (SIC ICSD) jointly with the NGO "Tebigy Kuwwat".

The lively discussion gathered around 12 participants and concluded with the following recommendations for the next SPCDP meeting:
a) The Council members unanimously supported the process of Turkmenistan's LDN commitment and proposed to use the Council as an LDN Working Group.
b) Participants acknowledged the urgent need to validate land degradation terminology and incorporate it into local legislation. They proposed to lay down the basic terms to the draft Land Code, as well as to consider other relevant legislative acts for this purpose. The Council members also supported the creation of a vocabulary containing basic terms of land degradation.
c) For the next meeting the Council members proposed to develop a Concept for revising the National Action Program to Combat Desertification with the support of the CACILM-2 project.

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United Arab Emirates

Every year 17 June is observed worldwide as Desertification and Drought Day. It is an occasion to raise awareness about international efforts to combat desertification and mitigate drought, as well as recognize the importance of healthy soils for sustainable development. It is also an opportunity to bring home the message that degraded land can and should be restored and land degradation is reversible as long as everyone – from policymakers to scientists to farmers to the public – makes an effort. This message is neatly captured in this year’s slogan for the day “Restoration. Land. Recovery. We build back better with healthy land.” Healthy land is key to healthy life on the planet. It is at the heart of sustainable food systems without which no future food security is possible. More importantly, land restoration is not only a way to remedy the damage caused to nature, but also a route to economic resilience, social stability and food security. This thinking is behind a webinar organized by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). The webinar will serve as a platform for sharing ideas and thoughts on the ways to restore degraded land and build back better.

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EEG will be writing about the “Restored Land, Healthy People, Green Recovery. Build Forward Better with Land-Centered Solutions” report in our upcoming July Newsletter which will be widely distributed to our wide network of members and participants and posted on the website as well. EEG has prepared a special poster in celebration of this occasion on 17th June 2021. We will start sending these special posters from tomorrow, 16th June onwards. Please see attached for your kind reference.

EUROPE

Armenia

The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Armenia joins the world in the celebration of Desertification and Drought Day and shares its experience on sustainable land management as a vital contribution to food security, disaster risk reduction and improved rural livelihood. “We plan to plant 1million trees in Armenia. We have planted 360 000 trees in 2021” says Minister of Environment Mr Romanos Petrosyan. 

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Belarus

This video, produced to commemorate Desertification and Drought Day, explains why peatlands are so important to nature and humanity. It explains as well their role in mitigating the negative effects of land degradation and Climate Change. https://drive.google.com/file/d/16gTK_mdyOT7o5TGLq1qL9gMVu9Oh3P0k/view?usp=sharing

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Belgium

To mark the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the United Nations and the European Commission present The Great Green Wall: "Imagine if we could restore a piece of land 3 times the size of the Great Barrier Reef! The African-led initiative referred to as the Great Green Wall, is growing an 8,000km natural ‘wonder of the world‘ across the entire width of Africa. Discover how this project is providing a future for over 60 million people in the region."

The screening of the movie will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. To register access this link: https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pxFKjLqyQxiJcKesdnZ3LQ

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France

For the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, Université Paris Sciences et Lettres and the University of Arizona invite you for a webinar conversation on "Tipping Points: Desertification, Drought and Climate Justice".From the Sahel region of Africa to the arid lands of the American West, climate change is amplifying desertification and drought in many regions of the world. As droughts intensify, “tipping points” loom: sudden and dramatic changes that can jeopardize entire ecosystems and societies and exacerbate environmental injustices. Our most vital resource, water, is at stake.

What research and what solutions can be developed to mitigate water scarcity in a time of ever-increasing demand, avert dangerous tipping points, and manage water resources in a fair and equitable way? How can western science and the knowledge of local communities be integrated to help decision-making and tip positive change towards sustainability?

Guest speakers:
• Régis Ferrière, Professor at ENS - PSL and Director of the UMI iGlobes;
• Sharon Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona;
• Nikki Tulley, doctoral student at the department of environmental science, University of Arizona.

Presentations from speakers will be followed by a conversation facilitated by Germain L’hostis, student at ESPCI-PSL and member of “PSL Anthropocène”, a student initiative for climate-change education in university curricula.” June 17th, 2021 - 6PM (Paris Time) ; 9AM (Arizona Time)

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Germany

On the occasion of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has published a digital exhibition dedicated to DDD2021. It was developed in collaboration with the UNCCD-Secretariat and the City of Bonn and is targeted at the general German public. It includes contributions from German development cooperation, international and city initiatives as well as from NGOs, students and local artists. The general aim of the web presence is to inform and engage. Impressive images, short video clips and info texts show what is being done to protect and restore land and how we can all get involved. The exhibition will continue to be online during the next months.

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Hungary

The Desertification and Drought Day Regional virtual event of Annex IV, including the Northern Mediterranean Country Parties of the UNCCD, was held online on Wednesday, 16 June 2021. The event, which started at 1 p.m. (CET), was moderated by Mr. Erkan Gulen (Turkey), Chair of Annex IV, The interventions during this session, revolved around the theme of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day: “Restoration. Land. Recovery”.

As emphasized by the Chair of Annex IV Mr. Erkan Guler and Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Ms. Tina Birmpili, during their opening statements, the main objective of the event was to “send out a strong message that with land-centred solutions, we can build forward better”. The Deputy Executive Secretary also underlined the relevance of land degradation neutrality: “We need to integrate land degradation neutrality initiatives and drought plans into international processes such as the Paris Agreement and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. We need global partnerships that allow us to share best practices, cutting-edge technologies and innovative business models”.

The Desertification and Drought Day event featured presentations by representatives of 6 Annex IV Country Parties (Portugal, Slovenia, Israel, Italy, Hungary, and Turkey), who shared their national experience in relation to land degradation and drought. The session ended with the closing remarks of Mr. Peter Molnar, Vice-Chair of Annex IV.

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Italy

This webinar will focus on Land Degradation Neutrality in Sicily, Italy. Sicily is at high risk of desertification, attested by publications, mainly cartographic, which return the distinct territories in varying degrees of sensitivity to the phenomenon. The protocol mainly adopted is the MEDALUS - Mediterranean Desertification and land use (Kosmas et alii, 1999). The methodology makes it possible to identify sensitive areas to desertification through the application of biophysical and socio-economic indicators. In 2009 the team of prof. Piccione of the University of Catania gave a new impulse to knowledge with bitemporal cartographic representation - first and second mid-twentieth century - of the risk of desertification in Sicily. From the comparison of the two periods analyzed, an increase in non-risk areas (+ 9.3%) and a decrease in areas emerged high risk (-13.6%); as many as 242 municipal territories had regressed from the condition of maximum risk (critical3) for a total of 16,212 sq km. The areas not affected by risk desertification fall mainly in the province of Messina. Quality data of Vegetation and Territory Management confirmed the effectiveness of the policies of conservation of nature - institution of protected areas - and reforestation, together with a return to the naturalness of some abandoned territories.

In 2015 the team of Prof. Piccione, with the collaboration of prof. Ragusa, mathematician, developed an index (ESPI - Environmentally Sensitive Patch Index) to monitor the overall sensitivity to the desertification of a territorial area and in 2016 a further one ESPI-CQI index, applied to Climate Quality. It emerged that, in the face of a progressive climate worsening, the risk of desertification in the same period was reduced. But this favourable season is about to run out if, as it seems, the climate trend of the region is confirmed by NASA forecasts. The wealth of knowledge about the georeferenced basis of the desertification phenomenon in Sicily is reasonably sufficient to start a new season of studies that can be translated into actions to be tested on territory.

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DNI is organising an event to commemorate this year's Desertification and Drought Day. The event will take place on 17 June at 14:00 CET.  The title of the event is “Science meets the GGW initiative. A step towards land restoration and recovery in sub-Saharan Africa” . The goal is to demonstrate that investing in healthy land as part of a green recovery is a smart economic decision in terms of rebuilding livelihoods and accelerating progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The event will be streamed on DNI’s Facebook page and can be accessed via Zoom.

Key speakers from the Great Green Wall Initiative, the FAO Regional Office for Africa, the French Scientific Committee on Desertification and other institutions (details coming up soon) will be discussing multiple aspects related to land restoration and recovery:
- The role of the Great Green Wall Initiative in addressing global challenges – climate change, drought, famine, conflict, migration.
- The potential role of sustainable intensification.
- Investing in healthy lands to increase food security.
- The socioeconomic benefits of investing in healthy land.
- The role of Women, Youths and Poor in combating desertification.
- How science can support green recovery.

 

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The event is promoted to present the official translation into Italian of the World Water Development Report 2020 "Water and Climate change" realized by UNESCO WWAP. The translation was handled by the UniVerde Foundation and by IISPA.

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In occasione della Giornata il NRD Nucleo di Ricerca sulla Desertificazione Università di Sassari dell' Università di Sassari organizza 𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝𝐢̀ 𝟏𝟕 𝐠𝐢𝐮𝐠𝐧𝐨 un webinar online.

Il webinar, intitolato 𝐃𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐨 𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐢 𝐬𝐮𝐨𝐥𝐢 (🕙ore 10), chiede a esponenti delle istituzioni ed esperti di fare il punto sulle bonifiche di zone industriali e minerarie, alla luce dei risultati di ricerche che dimostrano la praticabilità di interventi mirati, diffusi e a basso costo. Tra questi verrà illustrato il progetto Rizobiorem, che attraverso un approccio transdisciplinare mira a sviluppare nuovi protocolli, ecocompatibili e socialmente accettabili per la gestione sostenibile, anche dal punto di vista economico, dei suoli contaminati, ripristinando così i servizi ecosistemici di aree oggi completamente degradate.

La diretta web andrà in onda sul canale YouTube dell’Università di Sassari (unisstube)e sulle pagine facebook Desertnet international, NRD Nucleo di Ricerca sulla Desertificazione Università di Sassari e Giornata mondiale contro la desertificazione.

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The Alpine Drought Observatory (ADO) project partners from Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany and France hold an online meeting, which was devoted to Desertification and Drought Day 2021. The overall objective of this Inter-regional project is to create an online drought monitoring platform and to develop guidelines for the implementation of measures for proactive drought management in Alpine regions.

Portugal

Portugal will hold a webinar to celebrate Desertification and Drought Day, on 17 June. The webinar is dedicated to this year motto “Restoration. Land. Recovery. We built back better with healthy land” and is promoted by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests. UNCCD's message for this day will open the Webinar, followed by a presentation by the Chairman of the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests. The session closing will be lead by the State Secretary for nature conservation, forestry and territorial planning, Mr. João Catarino. The webinar will have the participation of the National Focal Point and also with recognized national experts on desertification, in particular, on soil recovery, which will be the main focus of this webinar. During the webinar will also be presented a short video demonstrating practical cases of conservation agriculture in southern Portugal (Alentejo region, which is affected by desertification).

The webinar will be held in Portuguese and the registration can be made here: https://forms.gle/3oNCvLKgjNHhk2EBA

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The School of Agriculture from the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (ESA-IPVC) will participate in the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, through the organization of an event dedicated to the subject “Drought and Desertification in Alto Minho Region – myth or reality?”, to be held remotely (in Portuguese language) on June 17, 2021, with the following programme (GMT time):

5:00 pm: Welcome Session [ESA-IPVC Director]
5:05 pm: Drought and Desertification – the “silent risk” [Students of the Graduation in Environmental Engineering and Geoinformatics]
5:20 pm: Precipitation and Water Scarcity in the Alto Minho Region - assessment in the context of climate change [Joaquim Alonso]
5:40 pm: Soil Degradation in Alto Minho Region – risks and potential solutions [Miguel Brito]
6:00 pm: Transboundary Drought and Desertification – a challenge without borders [Vanessa Ramos]
6:20 pm: Planning for Drought Periods – prepare to (better) manage [Sérgio Costa]
6:40 pm: Questions & Answers
7:00 pm: Contributions for an Integrated Water Resources Management in the Lima River Basin – assignments by students from the Degree in Environmental Engineering and Geoinformatics
7:30 pm: Closing Session

Registration is free through the following form: shorturl.at/rwLU3.

Spain

Familia Torres is organizing on Desertification and Drought Day the First Regenerative Viticulture Conference, which will be broadcast via a live stream on 17 June from 10 am till 1 pm (GTM+2) from the Vinseum in Vilafranca del Penedès. The conference aims to shed light on regenerative viticulture and explain its potential to mitigate the effects of climate change. Local and international experts and winegrowers will share their experience and knowledge in regenerative viticulture to heighten awareness about the need for a paradigm shift in vineyard management via the implementation of regenerative practices that help to mitigate the climate crisis. The line-up of speakers includes renowned figures such as revered Australian land manager, Darren J. Doherty, one of the world’s leading experts in Keyline design, a methodology that combines water conservation with land regeneration; Pilar Andrés, senior researcher at CREAF, expert in soil ecology and biodiversity, and Francesc Font, farmer and agricultural technical engineer, co-director at Agroassessor Consultors Tècnics.

Miguel Torres Maczassek, General Director of Familia Torres, will also talk about the company’s recent commitment to regenerative viticulture as part of its quest to intensify its fight against climate change. The family-run winery has launched an ambitious agricultural plan to implement regenerative viticulture practices in over 500 hectares of organic vineyards in Catalonia

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Switzerland

Droughts have deep, widespread and underestimated impacts on societies, ecosystems, and economies. They incur costs that are borne disproportionately by the most vulnerable people.  The extensive impacts of drought are consistently underreported even though they span large areas, cascade through systems and scales, and linger through time, affecting millions of people and contributing to food insecurity, poverty, and inequality. Climate change is increasing temperatures and disrupting rainfall patterns, increasing the frequency, severity, and duration of droughts in many regions across the globe.

The GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 explores the systemic nature of drought and its impacts on the achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the SDGs and human and ecosystems health and wellbeing.

The GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 will be launched on 17 June 2021, Desertification and Drought Day in conjunction with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

Turkey

The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. Restoring degraded land brings economic resilience, creates jobs, raises incomes and increases food security. It helps biodiversity to recover. It locks away the atmospheric carbon warming the Earth, slowing climate change. It can also lessen the impacts of climate change and underpin a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Desertification and Drought Day Regional virtual event of Annex IV, including the Northern Mediterranean Country Parties of the UNCCD, was held online on Wednesday, 16 June 2021. The event, which started at 1 p.m. (CET), was moderated by Mr. Erkan Gulen (Turkey), Chair of Annex IV, The interventions during this session, revolved around the theme of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day: “Restoration. Land. Recovery”.

As emphasized by the Chair of Annex IV Mr. Erkan Guler and Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Ms. Tina Birmpili, during their opening statements, the main objective of the event was to “send out a strong message that with land-centered solutions, we can build forward better”. The Deputy Executive Secretary also underlined the relevance of land degradation neutrality: “We need to integrate land degradation neutrality initiatives and drought plans into international processes such as the Paris Agreement and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. We need global partnerships that allow us to share best practices, cutting-edge technologies and innovative business models”.

The Desertification and Drought Day event featured presentations by representatives of 6 Annex IV Country Parties (Portugal, Slovenia, Israel, Italy, Hungary, and Turkey), who shared their national experience in relation to land degradation and drought. The session ended with the closing remarks of Mr. Peter Molnar, Vice-Chair of Annex IV.

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Ilhan Sayin’s digital solo art show “Flowers of the Desert” is a follow-up to “Atelier Teymur Rzayev First Digital Climate Change Art Show” where his flowering cacti paintings received rave reviews 

The art show includes paintings that have been selected for exhibition at the 2020 United Nations SDG Global Goals Art Competition as well as London Climate Action Week, UN’s World Environment, Oceans, International Mountain Days, UN’s SDG: http://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/story-..., World Health Organization and Create 2030’s Solidarity Shows: COVID-19 Arts Initiative, Environmental Education Collaborative’s 7th annual digital Environmental Education Symposium, The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change - Hong Kong as well as Climate Change Museum - UK.

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Hayalimdeki yaşamım

Yarışmayı düzenlediğiniz için teşekkür ederim.
Resmimi hayal kurarak büyük bir zevk ile yaptım.
Nehir SAĞLAM.

Painting of Nehir SAĞLAM for UNCCD's Children's Art Competition 2021.

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In the future, I want people all over the world to be able to live happily, with the right and equal use of resources, without desertification of the world.
All children have the right to a happy childhood. I believe that in the future, with digitalization, agricultural products can be grown everywhere. In my painting I picture the farmers growing and harvesting apples together with the robots. I greet you with love

UNCCD's children's art competition 2021 

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"The umbrella". In this picture, I drew how I dream of seeing the world in the future using renewable energy. #Kids4Land

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İ drew a boy who has enough from apartments and city life.

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dünya çöllesmeyle mücade resmim zeynep topal türkiye istanbul

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Children's art competition for Desertification and Drought Day 2021. 

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Happy Desertification and Drought Day #kids4land. This is my drawing to help energy efficiency and prevent Desertification and Drought

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In this picture, I am Mother Nature. I embrace her to protect her with maternal affection.

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Tuana Ayvaz 4.sınıf Sakarya Bilim ve Sanat Merkezi

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AYŞENAZ DEMİRTAŞ
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SAKARYA BİLİM VE SANAT MERKEZİ

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Pollution free colourful world

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Nature restoration has the potential to address the three biggest challenges our societies are facing: the social, economic and environmental crisis. The Covid-19 Pandemic has increased global awareness on the need to reset our relationship to nature. We must explore solutions that address these interdependent challenges; nature restoration is one such solution. The launch of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying point to coordinate our forces globally in making this a reality. BirdLife International is building on its partnership experience to prioritise actions to ensure a green and just recovery in Africa. In this session, we will examine with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and the Pan- African Agency of the Great Green Wall how nature restoration can drive sustainable development in Africa and the reality of the funding needed to support it, and discuss with the European Commission the role the EU can play in fostering this Nature positive agenda and increasing funding for nature restoration in Africa.

Speakers announced:
Ariel Brunner, Head of Policy, BirdLife International Europe and Central Asia
Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director of Nigerian Conservation Foundation
Abakar Mahamat Zougoulou, the Scientific and Technical Director of the Pan- African Agency of the Great Green Wall.
Chantal Marijnissen, Head of Unit, Sustainable Natural Resources, DG INTPA, European Commission

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Benjamin Fallow, 7 years old, is a young artist who loves nature more than anything. He wants to use his artwork to help nature. Benjamin drew and painted each individual part of this picture, and made a collage out of his drawings to show the diversity of our local countryside. He says:


‘Nature is the most important and exciting thing, we have to look after it and not harm it, we are nature too. We mustn’t forget that our local countryside and animals are under threat from pesticides and climate change, and we have to care for every part of the planet. This is how I’d like our world to be in the future.’

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With growing awareness of the role of nature in securing our health and well-being, and in this Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, BirdLife International and our partners will showcase how nature restoration is transforming people’s livelihoods, and securing benefits for nature and climate.

We will hear from BirdLife experts about the principles of restoration, and see presentations from BCST Thailand about their salt pan management and restoration, Aves Argentinas and Guyra Paraguay on the Atlantic Forests Project, and Nature Mauritania on their involvement in the Great Green Wall.

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Bally Songthaveephol - The earth’s future is in our hands. Animals, trees and water cannot protect themselves. It is up to humans to make sure that they will always be with us forever.

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Barbados

, the Minister of Environment and National Beautification, the Honourable Adrian Forde, launched the Virtual Art Exhibition themed ‘Celebrating Biodiversity and the Environment with Art’. The exhibition was in commemoration of International Biodiversity Day, Land Degradation Day and Barbados’ first activity for the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.

Curated by Ms. Oneka Small, the art exhibition comprised pieces created solely by local artists in a variety of media including paintings, sculpture and photography and highlighting nature through the eyes of the creatives. The virtual exhibition explores themes of biodiversity, local flora and fauna, nature and ecosystem restoration. The exhibition is a different way to raise awareness of biodiversity and the environment.

The virtual art exhibition will be hosted on the Ministry’s website (Virtual Art Exhibition | Biodiversity Barbados) until the end of July 2021. All members of the public are invited to visit the website and view the amazing work of our artists.

Chile

The Institute of Agricultural Development (INDAP, for the Spanish Acronym), of the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile, commemorates this Thursday, June 17, the Desertification and Drought Day. In the framework of this celebration, the Director of INDAP - Carlos Racondo - pointed out that  "in Chile, the lack of water has already left 156 communes at risk of desertification and another 138 communes of the regions of higher productivity declared under agricultural emergency due to water deficit. Acting in these territories is not only a challenge but an imperative of our time."To face this difficult situation, the Ministry of Agriculture has in its irrigation programs this 2021 with resources to finance initiatives for the US  $ 50,000,000, the highest amount in its history and whose focus is to give security in supply and increase efficiency in use." Read more in the attached article. 

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Colombia

En el marco de la celebración del Dia mundial de lucha contra la desertificación que coincide en Colombia con el Dia nacional de los suelos considerando el lema de este año sobre restauración, se realizarán presentaciones de entidades nacionales que trabajan proyectos de restauración-recuperación de suelos degradados, entre ellos Asocars, UNAD, Bachaqueros y de parte de Ministerio de Ambiente y Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y FAO se adelantará análisis de las tres convenciones de Rio en el tema de restauración y FAO con el tema de biodiversidad de suelos.

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Costa Rica

The global observance of this year's Desertification and Drought Day was held by the government of Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government broadcasted an outstanding programme including a High-level Forum, a ministerial talkshow and other events to highlight this year's theme "Restoration, Land, Recovery, building back with healthy land." 

During the virtual High-level Forum hosted Thursday, 17 June, by President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica, by high-ranking government and UN officials reinforced the perspectives shared at the High-Level Dialogue convened by the Presidency of the UN General Assembly three days earlier.

Christiana Figures, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and founder of Global Optimism, who moderated the session, said humanity is at a turning point and summarized the four actions needed to reset our relationship with nature. “Reverse the losses we have incurred. Restore degraded lands. Regenerate soil, water and air. Recover productivity.”

Andrea Meza, the Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, hosted a talk show with Ministers from Algeria, Botswana, Iceland, Peru, the Republic of Korea, and Senegal to discuss how to put land restoration at the centre of action for a sustainable future. 

 

 

 

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Dominican Republic

República Dominicana está Planeando para el 17 de junio un  “Panel de Expertos” que involucra a los Viceministerios de Recursos Forestales  y Áreas Protegidas y Biodiversidad  Suelos y Aguas y como éstos abordan con sus trabajos referente el tema de “Restauración de Tierras, Recuperación y Rehabilitación” este evento da especial atención a los tema de suelo y ordenamiento territorial, como esenciales y el vinculo indisoluble de la apropiada o inapropiada gestión de los medios agua, suelos, bosque repercuten en  la  Conservación de las áreas naturales, la productividad de las tierras agrícolas y pecuarias; la seguridad alimentaria y la calidad de vida las personas en áreas afectadas.

 

Ecuador

Evento de presentación a la sociedad en general del Plan Nacional de Sequía de Ecuador.

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Nicaragua

Para iniciar con el programa se presento un vídeo del secretario General de la UNCCD en saludo al día mundial de lucha contra desertificación, se realizo una presentación magistral sobre el estado de la desertificación y sequía en Nicaragua, también se realizo una presentación sobre la Convención de las Naciones Unidas de lucha contra la desertificación y su implementación en Nicaragua. Después, se abrió un espacio para la intervención de los participantes, preguntas y respuestas acerca de este tema tan importante para nuestro país.

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Panama

Los Foros Regionales de Manejo Sostenible de la Tierra en Panamá, buscan incentivar el intercambio de conocimientos y la adopción de iniciativas transformadoras entre el sector empresarial, gubernamental y la sociedad civil, mediante acciones vinculadas a la conservación y restauración de cuencas hidrográficas, fomentando a su vez la recuperación verde post COVID-19, la preparación ante futuras crisis causadas por el cambio climático, el uso sostenible del recurso hídrico y aportar al progreso para alcanzar los ODS.

El Foro 1 de esta serie de eventos, se realiza el 17 de junio en conmemoración del Día de lucha contra la Desertificación y la Sequía. En este 2021, el objetivo de este día promovido por la CNULD, radica en demostrar que invertir en tierra sana, como parte de una recuperación verde, supone una decisión socio económica inteligente.

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Venezuela

Celebración del 17 de junio de 2021, Día Mundial de Lucha contra la Desertificación y la Sequía
Formato de la actividad: Presentaciones virtual vía Zoom MINEC, Hora: 02:00 pm - 03:40 pm.
Objetivo: Conocer visiones sobre cómo enfrentar las situaciones vinculadas a la lucha contra la desertificación y sequía, desde la política internacional hasta el trabajo con la comunidad.

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A webinar organized by INFALCOSTA and the University Francisco de Miranda to bring up awareness of what desertification is and what we have to do for achieving the targets of the decade of Ecosystem restoration.

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To celebrate this year's Desertification and Drought Day INFALCOSTA hosted a press conference to inform the public about the impacts of land loss, the Decade of Restoration, and the multiple benefits of land restoration. 

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Personal

River flowing, tall trees, and flowers fills the beauty.

Art Contest

My drawing is of a picnic in a world of green trees and lots of flowers. I want people to take care of the earth so I can live on bright green land.

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I wish the land is full of hope and colors.

Worldbank

Launch of the EPIC Report for innovative Governance for Flood and Drought Risk Management prepared through a partnership between the World Bank (WB) and Deltares.