The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a day to raise awareness about the global challenges of desertification, land degradation, and drought. Through a variety of events and activities, the observance aims to focus public attention on land and soil conservation, while also promoting sustainable land management practices. It highlights the importance of these issues and their effect on agricultural productivity, local and regional sustainability, and human livelihoods worldwide.
Since 1995, the United Nations has observed the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought yearly following the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 1994 as a direct response to the severe droughts and resulting famine that affected Africa in the early 1970s and 1980s. Despite Canada's geographical distance from the countries most affected by desertification, it is crucial that Canadians participate in this observance as climate change, land mismanagement, and unsustainable resource exploitation continue to impact our environment, economy, and global food security.
In Canada, the observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is marked through educational campaigns, workshops, and seminars promoting sustainable land management practices, conservation programs, and the sharing of success stories. Canadians are encouraged to participate in fostering greater public awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding desertification and drought. These efforts contribute not only to the mitigation of climate change and its effects on food security worldwide but also to the ultimate goal of building a healthier, more resilient, and sustainable world for future generations. The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on June 17th every year.
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