Every year on June 17, as mandated by the United Nations, the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed to combat the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas as a result of climate change and human activities that have a negative influence on the environment.
While topics such as global warming are often discussed, it is equally vital to notice the rising degradation of the land cover as a result of deforestation and consequent desertification.
This year’s Desertification and Drought Day will be held on June 17 to focus on transforming degraded land into healthy land. On its webpage commemorating the occasion, the United Nations claimed that rehabilitating damaged land improves economic resilience, creates jobs, enhances incomes, and improves food security. It also aids in the recovery of biodiversity.
The goal is to keep all animals, including humans, alive on Earth by preventing the extinction of sustainable living circumstances. Desertification and drought not only make living difficult for humans on our planet, but they also push the environment into a position from which it may be impossible to recover.
“Restoration. Land. Recovery” is the topic for the United Nations’ World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought this year.
Experts estimate that to meet the existing promise by over 100 countries to restore about 100 hectares of land over the next decade, we must immediately halt the progress of desertification, maintain soil fertility, and prevent soil from draining into water. Planting trees is the most effective method, as it can eventually lead to land resettlement. Simultaneously, we must shift to more sustainable and alternative land-use practices so that drought circumstances are avoided.