Gauteng and NW Province

World Day to Combat Desertification: Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It!

News from the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005 – 2015

Issue 40. 13 June 2014

Date: 17 June 2014
Place: Worldwide

Since 1995, the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) has been raisinges awareness onabout the threats and consequences of desertification and drought. The goal of the day is not only to talk about the problems, but also the solutions. The theme of this year’s observationnce is ecosystem-based adaptation and intends to increase awareness of about the potential of ecosystem-based adaptation as a strategy for coping with the impacts of climate change, especially in the drylands. The health and productivity of drylands extend far beyond the people living there. As the “breadbasket of the world”, the drylands are home to nearly half of livestock and cultivated systems globally.

Scientists warn that the climate is changing abnormally fast and in ways that could significantly disrupt our livelihoods and security, from our economies and infrastructure to the social and ecological systems we depend on. Climate change is affecting biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and the many benefits that they provide to society.

Healthy ecosystems supply a variety of services such as drinking-water, habitat, shelter, food, raw materials, genetic materials, a barrier against disasters and the formation and regeneration of the natural resources in the ecosystem that people depend on for their livelihoods. Also, when ecosystems are healthy, they are less vulnerable to the impacts and hazards of climate change.


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