World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is an annual event celebrated every June 17th. The day has been celebrated since 1995 following the of UN’s General Assembly declaration. The day aims at highlighting ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought. It gives people an opportunity and a future to stay resilient on their home ground.

Theme: ‘Conserving land for sustainable livelihoods’
Slogan: ‘Our People, Our Home, Our Future’
Date: 17th June, 2017
Venue: Marsabit County

The theme this year for WDCD is ‘Conserving land for sustainable livelihoods’ and their slogan is ‘Our People, Our Home, Our Future’. Their main objective is to create awareness on matters of land degradation, how to combat desertification and drought. This underlines the central role productive land plays in turning the growing tide of migrants abandoning their unproductive land into communities and nations that are stable, secure and sustainable into the future.

This year’s WDCD event will be held in Marsabit. As it borders Ethiopia and, people from Ethiopia usually migrate to Kenya looking for pasture and food therefore displacing the residents of Marsabit leading to land encroachment and human conflicts, Kenyans also migrate to Ethiopia and do the same. Another reason is because of the encroachment of forests in the area and felling of trees.

Losing productive land is driving people to make risky choices especially in rural areas where people depend on the scarce productive land resources. land degradation is a major driver of people migrating into urban areas in Kenya. Therefore, we should change the way we manage our land otherwise in the coming years people will have little choice but to flee.

The Authority is holding preparatory meetings at NEMA headquarters in conjunction with its stakeholders. NEMA County office at Marsabit is also holding local meetings to ensure the event succeeds.

The partners include: Safaricom,Athi-River Mining, Netfund, UNDP

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