World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Combat Desertification

Cracked earth

17 June
There’s an urgent need to curb the destructive forces of desertification (where over-grazing, land clearing and water depletion allow sand to blow in and take over an area), land degradation and drought, and 2010 marks the beginning of the UN’s Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification, so this year the day has special significance.