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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is an important international observance that aims to raise public awareness about the urgent need to tackle desertification and land degradation. Desertification adversely affects the global ecosystem, food security, and ultimately, the sustenance of human life. This annual event highlights the importance of promoting sustainable land management practices, protecting affected ecosystems, and ensuring food and water security for communities around the world.
The United Nations General Assembly established this observance in 1995, following the 1994 adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). India, being a signatory to the UNCCD and having faced severe consequences of desertification, bears a strong responsibility towards combating this issue. With almost 30% of the country's geographical area affected by land degradation and desertification, the impact on the Indian population's livelihood and food security is significant. Agriculture and related occupations form the backbone of the Indian economy, and desertification threatens the sustainability of these practices, leading to poverty and migration as primary consequences.
To mark the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, various public awareness programs, workshops, and tree plantation drives are organized across India. The events are aimed at promoting land and soil conservation measures, spreading awareness about the importance of afforestation, and encouraging sustainable land-use practices. The observance is held annually on the 17th of June, presenting an opportunity for the Indian population to join the international community in addressing the issue of desertification and land degradation.
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