Thursday, June 17, 2010

World Day to Combat Desertification 2010

The World Day to Combat Desertification takes place every year on 17 June. The day has been observed since 1995 to promote public awareness and to combat desertification and the effects of drought.

This year is the International Year dedicated to Biodiversity. To this end, UNCCD aims to sensitize the public to the fact that desertification, land degradation and drought dramatically affect the biodiversity resident in the soil.

There is a close relationship between livelihoods and soils that are rich in biodiversity. Healthy soils produce life, and yet soil health depends a lot on how individuals use their land. What we do to our soils determines the quality and quantity of the food we eat and how our ecosystems serve us. Our increasing ecological interdependence also means enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere

Last year, more than 40 events took place all over the world. The day is usually celebrated through activities such as seminars, media events and campaigns. For more information about the day, contact: secretariat(at)

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