The United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, on “countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly Africa. This year theme, promotes an inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality.
Desertification affects more than 110 countries and we 6 million of hectares of productive land are lost every year. In Spain, a 40% of land is under threat, and it is the developed country most affected by desertification. The most suffered areas are Andalucía, Castilla-La Mancha, Levante and Murcia.
Some of the main factors contributing to this situation, are the unsustainable exploitation of water resources, chemical contamination, salinization, vegetation cover destroyed by fire, mass exploitation of coastal areas, industrial activities and mass tourism.
WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT