Over­com­ing de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion is cru­cial

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THE World Day to Com­bat De­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion (WDCD) has been ob­served since 1995 to pro­mote pub­lic aware­ness about in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to com­bat de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion and the ef­fects of drought col­lec­tively.

De­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion shows it­self through re­duced peren­nial veg­e­ta­tion cover, in­creased bare ground, soil ero­sion and re­duced rain use ef­fi­ciency.

It may be caused by cli­matic shifts or from hu­man prac­tices, such as de­for­esta­tion and over­graz­ing. The 2017 World Day to Com­bat De­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion (#2017WDCD) will ex­am­ine the im­por­tant link be­tween land degra­da­tion and mi­gra­tion.

Its theme is ‘Our land. Our home. Our future’ and its cel­e­bra­tions mark the power the land holds in giv­ing peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity and a future to stay resilient on their home ground.

#2017WDCD sends a strong mes­sage about the im­por­tance of pro­duc­tive land for se­cur­ing food and gen­er­at­ing lo­cal em­ploy­ment thereby con­tribut­ing to sus­tain­able land man­age­ment.

Los­ing pro­duc­tive land is driv­ing peo­ple to make risky life choices.

In ru­ral ar­eas, where peo­ple de­pend on scarce pro­duc­tive land re­sources, land degra­da­tion is a driver of mi­gra­tion.

Africa is par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble be­cause more than 90% of the econ­omy de­pends on a cli­mate-sen­si­tive nat­u­ral re­source base, such as rain-fed, sub­sis­tence agri­cul­ture. Un­less we change the way in which we man­age our land, in the next 30 years we may leave a bil­lion or more vul­ner­a­ble poor peo­ple with lit­tle choice

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