World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought -2022

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year on 17 June.

  • The day focuses on converting poor land into healthy or fertile soil to combat desertification.

  • The desertification of land is mainly caused by human activities and climate change.

  • This is due to dry land ecosystems that are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation and inappropriate use of land.

  • The day highlights the need for an early measure to avoid any disastrous consequences for humanity and the planetary ecosystem.

  • Theme of 2022 - Rising up from drought together.

  • History and Significance of the day

  • In December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 17 June as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

  • Since then, the United Nations, NGOs and various countries have been organizing events to spread awareness to combat desertification and drought.

  • The purpose of this day is to convert degraded land into healthy land.

  • To combat this threat, groups and communities are working together to convert arid, semi-arid and arid wetlands into fertile soils.

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