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!
Events Around the World Map
Events Around the World
The event will be celebrated at the national level involving 48 wilayas and the official celebration will take place at the capital under the theme "Fight against desertification: Algeria's experience and perspective over 25 years."
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.
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.
The Soil and Water Sciences Department of The Alexandria University will invite guest speakers including the former minister of Water Resources and Irrigation to give a presentation on the desertification problem and its effects on humans. The follow-up session will focus on the department's activities and research on combating desertification and reducing its impacts. Faculty members, undergraduates and graduate students are invited to attend. The celebration will take place on 20 June 2019.
Various activities to mark WDCD
The Ministry of Agriculture and Development will celebrate the Day with a number of awareness raising activities including meetings and radio talk shows on the National Radio - Radio Bombolon FM and Radio Sol Mansi among others. The highlight will be a meeting to validate the National Drought Plan of Guinea-Bissau.
World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) celebrations will be held in Makindu, Makueni County on Monday 17th June, 2019. The theme is "Let's Grow the Future Together."
Planting 1 million trees to celebrate #2019WDCD in Abuja and Kaduna****
Centre for Renewable Energy and Action on Climate Change together with Global RCE Youth Network will commemorate World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2019 in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State, Nigeria on 17 June. The aim is to bring together policy makers, planners, students and practitioners to discuss ways of improving environment and reversing desertification. A hundred trees will be planted in Zamfara College of Arts and Science in Gusau together with a school-wide cleaning exercise.
Centre for Earth Works (CFEW), passionate about securing the Earth, will commemorate World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought with the theme "Let's Grow Together" in Unguwan Misisi, Hope international School, Gidan Waya, Kadana State, Nigeria on 17 June, 2019. Tree planting will be the highlight of the day. To ensure the long life of the initiative at the school, a green club will be created to support eco-activities.****
To mark the day, an activity will be organised to educate the youth on the importance of protecting land and working toward the future we want by 2030. Centre for Earth Works (CFEW), passionate about protecting the Earth, will commemorate WDCD 2019 with the theme "Lets Grow Together" to engage community members and encourage the adoption of sustainable land management practices for people and the planet.
Over 100 people attended the WDCD 2019 celebration in Garowe organized by Institute of Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (ICCAR) together with Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change (MoEACC). The purpose of the event was to raise public awareness on the socio-economic impacts of desertification and drought in Somalia and the need for local, Somali-owned, and Somali-led inclusive actions to combat the impacts desertification and recurrent droughts.
Participants who included high-profile government officials, such us Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Minister of Water and Energy, Deputy Minister and state Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change (MoEACC) and the General Director of Ministry of Livestock. The event was attended by various key influencers, such as the Dean of ADMAS University, the President of SIDRA and the Dean of Bosaso University, as well as researchers, environmental activists, women and youth leaders, reporters, social media groups, local NGOs, business associations, student unions, officials from UN Agencies and INGOs representatives. The event issued the following commitments:
- All Governmental institutions, civil society and all community groups to join efforts for protecting environment and preventing desertification.
- Organize and implement community-wide public education, sensitization and awareness raising through community-driven projects and activities
- Scale up tree-planting activities across Puntland
Kikandwa Environmental Association and FairVentures Worldwide join the world to celebrate 25 years of UNCCD on 19 June 2019 in the Kasejjere village at the KEA headquarters in Kakandwa sub-county, Mityana District, along Hoima Road (70 km from Kampala). To create public awareness on sustainable land management and land degradation neutrality, 3200 free tree seedlings will be distributed to farmers and planted that day. For more info: +256 772 49 46 97****
he Uganda Conservation Approaches and Technologies (UGACAT), a coalition on Sustainable Land Management (SLM), joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation. UGACAT collaborates with the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) towards customizing standardized tools and methods for documenting, monitoring, and evaluating SLM know-how as well as disseminating it in countries and around the globe, enabling land users, extension services, planners, projects and programmes to exchange experiences and support uptake of SLM practices.
SETU organized a seminar on World Day to Combat Desertification and on the occasion of 25 anniversary of UNCCD.
Land management campaigns will be organized in Wangphu in Samdrupjongkhar and Saling in Mongar. To mark WDCD, sustainable land management (SLM) activities will be implemented in about 100 acres of agricultural land and on 17 June about 500 people will gather in both locations for WDCD events.The SLM technology park at the renewable natural resource research Centres (RNR Yusipang) will be launched.
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.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification, the ministry organized various activities including raising social awareness through TV, afforestation for erosion control, dredging riverbeds and watering dry fields.
Grameena Vikas Samithi observed WDCD 2019 in the villages surrounding our project area.
This year, on the occasion of Silver Jubilee year of UNCCD, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change plans to celebrate 2019 WDCD presenting a national workshop on Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The event will be visited by the Minister of MOEFCC, heads of ministries of agriculture, rural development and water resources, as well as the CEO of Niti Ayog, state officials and representatives of the UN and other Intergovernmental organizations. The event is be a formal curtain-raiser for the upcoming UNCCD COP14.****
17 June will be celebrated in Kolhapur City by planting trees at a bus depot where ample unused land is available, since tree planting is one of the best solutions to reclaim degraded land, prevent soil erosion and mitigate the effects of climate change.The event will serve to raise awareness among the public about desertification and drought. A small workshop on sustainable land use with focus on organic farming to raise awareness of the role that the excessive use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in water intensive crops like sugarcane plays in spending land degradation. WDCD will also be used to created awareness on the ecological problems in Western Ghats – a biological hotspot that faces illegal mining and deforestation problems.
This celebration event was held by General Directorate of the Natural Resources and Watershed Management in Golestan province.
The following activities took place to celebrate WDCD on 17 June,2019:
- A field trip to present projects to combat desertification in Gonbad-e kavous,s a city located in the east of Golestan province which faces serious desertification problems.
- A workshop in the conference hall of Gonbad university, bringing together researchers and students to discuss
- Raising public awareness on desertification and its risks
- Discussing action to combat desertification to gather feedback from local communities and researchers
- Achieving synergies in combating desertification among local communities, executive institutions and researchers
UNCCD video materials were presented during the workshop.
The event on 17 June will present a great opportunity to share experiences and design the road map for future.
To mark WDCD, institutes across the UNU network joined forces to create a social video series on why we need to take care of our land. With its network of researchers worldwide, UNU tackles various land-related topics ranging from land degradation to soil and land use management. The video series feature UNU experts working on these areas of research. More info under #UNU4Land.
WDCD June 17 is obsered by organizing a public function with over hundred participants. Former environment minister Mr. Ganesh Shah was the honorary guest. Former environment minister Mr. Sunil Manandhar, MPs Mr. Padam Giri and Indu Sharma also partipated in the event.
Republic of Korea
The Korea Forest Service organized national observation event of WDCD in the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019, in Songdo, Republic of Korea. Several programs were prepared for awareness raising, including a concert of traditional music and activity program for children. It also organized a contest for UCC contents demonstrating about DLDD. Two entries were selected among user-created content submissions and awarded. The selected creators will have chance to visit China or Mongolia to enhance their media products further.
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.
The staff of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Saudi Arabia Jeddah found an engaging way to celebrate WDCD as a team for the first time. Working after hours , they planted 300 flowers in front of the hospital building and installed watering pots and bird feeders. The team will continue taking care of the plants in the future.
A tree planting programme took place on 17 June 2019 at Galenbindunuwewa Palugollagama Maha Vidyalaya, Anuradhapura District to commemorate the World day to Combat Desertification. The programme was organized by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment in collaboration with Anuradhapura Districts Regional Office of Geological Survey and Mines Bureau. School children, teachers, parents, officers of the Land Resources Division, officers of Geological Survey and Mines Bureau as well as the mining license holders of the Anuradhapura District also participated.****
In collaboration with the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau and Urban Development Authority, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment is planning to host a rehabilitation programme in Kaluthara district for the celebration of World Day to combact desertification 17 June 2019.****
Rehabilitation programme to convert 100 acres of land severely degraded by bole clay mining into an eco-tourism attraction in the village of Dediyawala, Diyagama.
WDCD celebration event at Soil and Water Conservation Center in Pak-Chong promoted awareness advocacy, enhancing cooperation among stakeholders for UNCCD implementation, including knowledge-sharing on sustainable land management in communities. The event was jointly sponsored by Land Development Department (LDD) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand Soil Commission and UNCCD. Mr. Thawin Mangnui, the Deputy Director General of LDD, delivered an opening address on behalf of Thai Government. Mr. Kwangho Baek, programme officer of ARCU, delivered the 2019 WDCD message on behalf of the Executive Secretary of UNCCD at the opening session. UNDP Small Grant Project gave a presentation on ‘the roles of farmers and CSOs in promoting sustainable land management (SLM). Other experts delivered presentations on land issues and challenges for advancing SLM in Thailand.****
To mark 2019WDCD, the Land Development Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives organizes a workshop at the Soil and Water Conservation Center, Pakchong District, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on 18-19 June 2019. The workshop will highlight successful practices to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) and present some initiatives on soil resource development – for example Thai Soil Partnership, Center of Excellence on Soil Research Center (CESRA), as well as a panel discussion on the roles of communities and farmers to scaling out sustainable land management (SLM) . On the second day, the training on soil and water conservation including the practice activities in compost and liquid fertilizer-making will be organized through the UNDP's Small Grant Project (SGP). The training will not only provide knowledge skills to farmers and community leaders, but will also enlarge the network for the UNCCD implementation at the community level.
United Arab Emirates
As an initiative for the “Year of Tolerance” and UN World Day to Combat Desertification and in line with UAE Vision 2021 goal of maintaining a supportive and sustainable environment, GEMS United Indian School launched a tree planting initiative at Al Dahra Agriculture, Al Faya, UAE. Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority provided support for the event by providing planting space. The initiative aims at reducing the harmful impacts of carbon emissions on the environment and serves as a way of offsetting them. Eco club members from the school participated in the event in spite of extremely hot and humid weather, planting resilient ghaf and neem trees. This event promoted the idea of protecting and restoring local biodiversity and natural habitats of indigenous flora and fauna.****
Plant UAE national Ghaf tree at the school and surrounding areas in the spirit of this year's WDCD theme "Let's grow the future together."
The centerpiece of the morning session of the symposium will be the recently published World Atlas of Desertification. It will be presented by the editor, Mr. Michael Cherlet. The afternoon discussions in the World Cafe will focus on Land degradation and SDGs, reflecting on soil and land, water, climate, resilience, gender and education. The Symposium is a result of cooperation between BOKU Centre for Development Research and Partners, BOKU ÖH, Austrian Development Agency, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra. Please kindly note that since the event is especially targeted for students and young professionals, we particularly encourage their participation to foster interaction and exchanges with relevant experts.
Nøddeskal, Volunteer Abroad and Find-Job-Abroad have teamed up for a small outdoor event to spread awareness on the issues of desertification and drought. The event will tale place on Dronning Louises Bridge, where all three organizations will hand out flyers and promotional items for the campaign. A festive attitude in the sun is guaranteed along with knowledge sharing on how communities can get involved in the pursuit of sustainable land management.
On the occasion of WDCD 2019, Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, together with REC Caucasus and Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC), has organized a visit to the GEF project site in Gardabani Municipalityto present the results achieved towards land degradation neutrality (LDN) in support of ecosystem functions and services as well as enhancing food security. Georgia sets a target to restore 20 000 ha of degraded land by 2020 as part of its commitment to meet LDNy goals.
“LDN represents a paradigm shift in land management policies and practices. It is a unique approach that counterbalances the expected loss of productive land with the recovery of degraded areas,” noted Ms. Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of the Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, who delivered the opening statement.
In preparation for the World Day to Combat Desertification, an information campaign was also launched to raise the awareness among students and schoolchildren on sustainable land management and LDN. The campaign culminated with the award ceremony in Sartichala, Gardabani municipality, which honored the winners of the student essay competition "WDCD One Space." This year, the competition focuses on sustainable and management and land degradation neutrality concepts. The jury encouraged students to answer the following questions
What does combatting desertification mean to you?
What can you and others do now to stop desertification in your community and in your country?”
During the WDCD event, Ms. Tandilahsvili handed the prizes to the top three winners and their teachers. The winning essays are qualified to be used for students’ college applications and resumes.
The event was organized as part of the GEF-funded projects, implemented by UN Environment.
On World Day to Combat Desertification, CGTN’s Mike Walter spoke with Dr. Kai Schwärzel to learn more about China’s approach to beating back the desert – and how it can be improved.****
Hundreds of people visited the UNCCD exhibition at the MIGRAFRICA event in Cologne. There were attendees from countries around the world including many African states, the Philippines, Germany, Peru, Russia and many others. The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace team attracted visitors with quizzes and competitions to help learn about land and the SDGs in different languages.
WDCD event at Oustinianou 19
FAO, in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands, is organizing the second International Seminar on Drought and Agriculture “Counting crops and drops: let’s grow the future together.” The seminar will present and discuss tools, policies and best practices to help countries and farmer prepare and build resilience to drought. The event will showcase how assessment and monitoring of water resources can reduce the vulnerability of rural communities to drought through the use of novel technologies.
International workshop with speakers from five Mediterranean countries will focus on desertification, water and climate change adaptation.
International workshop with speakers from five Mediterranean countries will focus on desertification, water scarcity and climate change adaptation.
The national celebrations of the WDCD 2019 – under the global slogan "Let's grow together with the future" – were scheduled to be centralised in Beja, at the headquarters of EDIA – Development and Infrastructure Company of Alqueva. The event was organized jointly by the CNCCD – National Coordination Commission to Combat Desertification, and the SPCS – Portuguese Society of Soil Science, with the support of the IPB – Polytechnic Institute of Beja.
Starting on the afternoon of 17 June 17, the SPCS will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting on Soil Science, "EACS 2019", presenting and discussing a set of communications under the theme "Soil – a priority target to combat desertification". Another related technical-scientific event is also scheduled for June 18, a joint initiative of the SPCS and the APRH – Portuguese Association of Water Resources, under the general motto "Water, agriculture and soil conservation."
The conference to commemorate WDCD 2019 and the 25 years of UNCCD included :
- Opening ceremony with participants from the boards of directors of the CNCCD (ICNF), the SPCS, the EDIA and the IPB
- Address by the Secretary of State for Forestry and Rural Development, Professor Miguel Freitas
- Technical and scientific panel moderated by Prof. Maria José Roxo (UNL - FCSH):
- Presentation "Operation and development project of the National Observatory to Combat Desertification" by Prof. Miguel Castro Neto (IMS-UNL)
- Presentation "Commitments for research and innovation in combating desertification" by the representative of the Competence Center to Combat Desertification Pedro Reis (CCLCD/INIAV)
- Presentation "The Portuguese Partnership for Soil within the framework of Sustainable Development Goals" by Prof.r Manuel Madeira (ISA and PPS) and Eng. António Perdigão (DGADR and PPS)
- Presentation "Soil protection and restoration actions in areas affected by rural fires" by Professors Celeste Coelho and Jan Jacob Keizer (U. Aveiro)
- Presentation "The role of irrigation in the modification of the Alentejo landscape: Key issues identified at the Alvito Conference" by Dr. Lília Fidalgo (CCDRAlentejo – Commission for the Regional Coordination and Development of Alentejo) and José Luís Faustino (ICNF Regional Direction of Alentejo), from the Regional Committee to Combat Desertification in Alentejo
- Address by State Secretary for the Enhancement of Interior Regions, João Catarino
- Questions from the audience and a debate on the interventions from the technical and scientific panel
A commemorative event took place at the headquarters of Russian Geographical Society to mark the World Day and 25 years of the Convention. Representatives of UNCCD SPI and RCU together with the staff of the RAS Science and coordination center for desertification control and drought mitigation discussed key agenda items of the upcoming UNCCD COP14 and the support in the implementation of the convention in Russia, Central Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Presentation of results of interregional project DriDanube aimed at increasing the capacity of the Danube region to manage drought-related risks.
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.
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Held on the evening following the UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the event will address the question "How can entrepreneurs help to prevent deforestation, combat desertification and protect biodiversity?"
The Colombian Red Cross, together with the Javeriana University, will carry out a webinar with an open invitation to different members of the International Movement of Red Cross and Red crescent in Latin America, volunteers, workers and the academic community, through a talk entitled "Desert ecosystems and proposals for disaster risk reduction against droughts and soil degradation." The discussion will include the main characteristics of the desert ecosystems as well the effects of droughts and soil degradation in the context of disaster risk management. Different actions that the Colombian Red Cross has advanced to mitigate the effects of droughts through community action projects that have been developed in the peninsula of La Guajira in northern South America will also b presented.
As part of the activities for the 25 anniversary of the Convention and the Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, Cuba carried out several activities:
- An exchange between specialists and technicians on the land degradation neutrality baseline and the possibilities of advancing the issue toward the establishment of national goals
- A collaboration agreement between the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), one of the most prestigious scientific and technological research centers in the country, and the Environment Agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), to support the National Program to Combat Desertification and Drought.
The activities have been developed by CITMA institutions with participation of specialists from the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources.****
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.
National observance of WDCD will take place in conjunction with the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network (CYEN) Talks, which seeks to educate the youth on combating desertification, the role of land degradation neutrality (LDN)SDG 15.3, related environmental and development issues and the importance of young people for Guyana’s quest to realize Agenda 2030.
WDCD 2019 messages from the Minister of State and Political Focal Point to UNCCD, Hon. Mrs. Dawn Hastings-Williams and the Commissioner/CEO of GLSC and National Focal Point to UNCCD, Mr. Trevor L. Benn will be publicized in daily newspapers and other media outlets to raise awareness as Guyana joins the rest of the world in celebration of WDCD.
The Commission will design a brief online survey o promote sustainable land management (SLM) and LDN to gather insights on how people in Guyana view these issues.