Short film series for Desertification and Drought Day 2021

The series of films aims to celebrate the global observance of the Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June 2020 and raise awareness on the theme this year: Restoration. Land. Recovery. 

Film 1 | Film 2 | Film 3 | Film 4 | Film 5 

Film 1: Butterflyway project in Canada 

Butterflies are among key pollinators, vital for nature to thrive. One in every three hectares of land used for agriculture, for example, relies directly on pollinators to produce food and support biodiversity. And Canada is on a mission to plant native wildflowers in yards, schoolyards, streets and parks to support butterflies and other pollinators. The Butterflyway is the brainchild of five cities that set a common goal. They decided to create at least a dozen pollinator patches in each neighborhood or community to make local “Butterflyways.” In just four years, they have recruited and trained more than a thousand Butterflyway Rangers from over 100 communities  planted 54,000 butterfly-friendly wildflowers and created more than 1000 pollinator patches. 

Film 2: Forest restoration in Costa Rica

This video in our Desertification and Drought Day series highlights a land restoration success story from Costa Rica.

Costa Rica’s forests are starting to come back after the loss of almost 40% of forest cover about 4 decades ago. Policy and strategy changes together with collective community effort made is what made this forest revival possible. Stopping deforestation and restoring degraded lands helped extend the forest area to 48% of the country, securing livelihoods for local communities and nurturing biodiversity. 

Today, there are more than 500,000 species of wildlife in Costa Rica, nearly 4% of the total number of species worldwide. Costa Rica is the host country of this year’s global observance of Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June and a world champion when it comes to green recovery.


Film 3: Zero-budget natural farming in India

Zero budget natural farming in the drought-prone regions of Andhra Pradesh is helping soils to produce more, offering smallholder farmers decent livelihoods. Farmers' organizations together with the government provide the training. They encourage local communities, particularly women’s self-help groups, to take up new farming practices that transform the land. The practices make farmers more resilient and able to fight climate change. 

Film 4: Food of the Archipelago in Indonesia

Sound traditional agricultural practices can help grow food that is both good for us and for the planet. Local communities and organizations in the Krayan Highlands of Indonesia are doing just that. They support and promote traditional agricultural practices that boost nature. They conserve biodiversity and ecosystem functions, which help the agricultural land to adapt to the natural cycle. And the Pangan Bijak Nusantara campaign promotes fair and sustainable food consumption and production to meet present and future needs. Some of their main products are Adan Krayan rice from North Kalimantan, Coarse salt from central Java, Palm sugar from Southeast Sulawesi, Forest honey from West Kalimantan, Coffee from South Sulawesi. A wide range of food items, mostly grown from local and native plants, meet the needs of the local communities.

Film 5: Making pastoralists climate resilient in Kenya

Livestock herding is the main source of income for nomadic communities in Isiolo in northern Kenya. The search for pasture and water for their animals is a daily struggle. Droughts in the region are recurrent and getting worse due to climate change, leading to food insecurity, poverty and conflict between communities. USAID is supporting the training of pastoralist in livestock breeding and management. These resources help herders access markets and secure their income. Innovations built on an understanding of local conditions promote peace and security while increasing economic stability and resilience to climate change.