2019WDCD events around the world

Countries all over the globe are gearing up to celebrate the World Day and the 25 anniversary of UNCCD! See what is planned and put YOUR event on the map!

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L'événement sera célébrer à l'échel national qui touchera 48 wilayas et la célébration officielle se fera au niveau de la capital sous le thème "lutte contre la désertification, expérience de l'Algérie bilan et perspective 25 ans après"


CONGAC, in partnership with AFCHAM, will organize a symposium on desertification and the challenges of sustainable development in Africa with the focus on Cameroon. The event will take place at the the University of Douala on June 17, 2019 preceded by the expo of environmental clubs and a showcase of best practices to combat desertification. The related training of trainers took place on May 15, 2019.

Côte d'Ivoire

As part of the activities marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Professor Joseph Séka SEKA will deliver the message during the newscast on 16 June. The next day the minister will attend a tree planting ceremony in a village near the town of Toumodi in the center of the country, co-organized with the Regional Directorate of Environment and Sustainable Development of Bélier. The government, the UNCCD focal point and UN Environment representatives will also present the issues related to desertification during a TV show.

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Planting 1 million trees to celebrate #2019WDCD in Abuja and Kaduna



The national WDCD observance event will take place in conjunction with the International Symposium on Developing Talents and Advancing Science and Technology for Combating Desertification in Hohhot of Inner Mongolia, China on June 17-18, 2019. This event is co-organized by the China National Sand Control and Desert Industry Society, the Department of Forestry and Grasslands of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the Inner Mongolia Agriculture University, and is jointly supported by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, the People’s Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the China Green Foundation.

The objectives of the symposium are to evaluate the impact of desertification and land degradation in the context of global climate change, share the research progress on global conservation and restoration as well as the sustainable land management technologies and practices, explore way to adapt science and research  to the needs of sustainable development, strengthen the development and the exchange of top professional talent for developing solutions for desertification and land degradation as well as ecological sustainability.

The symposium is calling for papers on these subjects. The selected papers will be distributed and shared with the participants. Those seeking an opportunity to make presentation at the symposium are requested to submit a PPT presentation.

April 30, 2019 is the deadline for submissions via email: fszsrckj2019@163.com. For more information please visit: http://english.forestry.gov.cn


The event on 17 June will present a great opportunity to share experiences and design the road map for future.

Republic of Korea

Korea Forest Service (KFS) plans to hold a WDCD event in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), to be held in Korea in June. To encourage the active participation of CSOs, KFS is closely collaborating with the city government of Incheon City and relevant organizations. Together, they are planning a variety of engaging activities with the focus on raising public awareness of DLDD issues and the need to combat DLDD together.



This online short film contest is specially aimed to spreading the land use, with special focus on the recognition to the fundamental role of women, and the conservation of this fragile resource that sustains all food for humanity.

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A validation workshop on land degradation neutrality (LDN) baseline will be developed to mark WDCD and the twenty-fifth anniversary of UNCCD. During the meeting, the Institute of Meteorology and the Country Association Program will present their work on the application of sustainable land management (SLM) in Cuba.