Every year 17 June is observed worldwide as Desertification and Drought Day (the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought before 2020).
It is an occasion to raise awareness about international efforts to combat desertification and mitigate drought, as well as recognize the importance of healthy soils for sustainable development.
It is also an opportunity to bring home the message that degraded land can and should be restored and land degradation is reversible as long as everyone – from policymakers to scientists to farmers to the public – makes an effort.
This message is neatly captured in this year’s slogan for the day “Restoration. Land. Recovery. We build back better with healthy land.”
Healthy land is key to healthy life on the planet. It is at the heart of sustainable food systems without which no future food security is possible.
More importantly, land restoration is not only a way to remedy damage caused to nature, but also a route to economic resilience, social stability and food security.
This thinking is behind a webinar organized by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).
The webinar will serve as a platform for sharing ideas and thoughts on the ways to restore degraded land and build back better.