The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2019 will be celebrated on 17th June in accordance to the global calendar of environment events. The annual event has been observed since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and all effects of drought.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Let’s grow the future together.” The WDCD 2019 theme highlight the 25 years of implementation of the Convention and beyond, focusing on the path the Convention has taken, and the future the Convention could bring.
Theme: Let’s grow the future together
Date: 17th June 2019
Venue: Makueni County
Drought occurs when there are prolonged periods of lack of water supply, it can be surface water or ground water and can last for a period of months or years, and this is what leads to desertification within areas. During a drought period, food and water supply is always low also affecting the habitat, humans and animals.
This also affects the environment since lack of vegetation and adequate water supply leads to increase of heat in the atmosphere. Currently 170 countries are affected by desertification or drought. The recurrent and growing threats of forest fires, heat waves and food and water insecurity are more evident.
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has begun national stakeholder meetings in preparation for the event. The committee is undertaking a wider consultation to settle on the venue of the event