World Day to Combat Desertification

17.06.14 - 17.06.14

The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed worldwide on 17 June every year.  The theme of this year’s WDCD is ecosystem-based adaptation.

With the slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It’, the 2014 WDCD highlights the benefits of mainstreaming sustainable land management policies and practices into our collective response to climate change.

Sustainable land management increases both community and ecosystem resilience while improving the human condition particularly in the drylands.
The objectives of the 2014 WDCD are to:

1. Increase the attention given to land and soil within climate change adaptation

2. Mobilize support for sustainable land management

3. Call for the inclusion of land and soil and their significance in food security into national climate change adaptation policies.

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