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:
The 2014 WDCD campaign kicked off on African Environment Day – Wangari Maathai Day on 3 March in Lesotho. The event was also combined with the observance of the UN Decade for Desert and the Fight against Desertification (2010-2020).