WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT

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

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2016

The 5th of June, United Nations celebrates the World Environment Day, which is one of the most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and political action for the protection of our environment. Nowadays, is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

Motivate people to became active players of sustainable development, promote the essential role of communities in a global change and encourage cooperation of nations to  create a safe future, is the main objective.

The theme of WED 2016 is the fight against illegal wildlife trade. The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s biodiversity and our natural heritage, pushing whole species towards extinction.

This year, the host country will be Angola, a country seeking to increase its elephant herds, conserve Africa’s biodiversity wildlife and safeguard the environment, at the same time as it continues to rebuild after more than a quarter-century of civil war.

‘Only when the last tree has died, the last river been poisoned  and the last fish been caught , will we realise we cannot eat money.’

Indo-American wisdom proverb