Join us raising awareness for the Desertification and Drought Day!

Desertification and Drought Day 2023 is an important opportunity to raise awareness about Desertification and Drought.

This year’s theme for Desertification and Drought Day is “Her Land, Her Rights”. The theme highlights the important role that women play in sustainable land management throughout the globe and calls for their full participation and empowerment in decision-making processes related to land use and management. By recognizing and empowering women’s rights to participate in decision-making processes related to land use, we can achieve more sustainable and equitable outcomes for people and the planet.

This is of outmost importance for countries heavily affected by Desertification and Drought!

Public participation:

Public participation to the relevant UNCCD events is available through the following links:

Attendance of the high-level event: “Her Land. Her Rights: Advancing gender equality and land restoration goals” which will be held one day before the Desertification and Drought Day on Friday 16 June 2023, from 16:00 to 19:00 by following this link or

Attendance of any of the Events Around the World on the day, by visiting this address

One of the main factors contributing to desertification and drought in Europe is climate change. However, with increased awareness and collective efforts, we can work towards mitigating its impacts. Rising temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and more frequent and severe weather events, such as droughts, heatwaves, and wildfires, are challenges that we can tackle by implementing innovative solutions and adopting sustainable practices.

The Mediterranean region, despite its vulnerability to desertification and drought, holds immense potential for adaptation and resilience. With a focus on sustainable land management practices and a commitment to preserving biodiversity, we can reverse the damage caused by unsustainable practices. By implementing measures to address soil erosion, water shortages, and soil sealing, we can pave the way for a greener and more prosperous future for the region.

In response to these challenges, numerous initiatives and policies have been established to promote sustainable land management practices and mitigate the impacts of desertification and drought. The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) aims to support farmers in adopting sustainable practices and restoring degraded land. Additionally, the EU’s Water Framework Directive plays a crucial role in safeguarding water quality and ensuring the sustainable use of this precious resource.

Nevertheless, we must acknowledge that more action is needed to address the complex challenges of desertification and drought in Europe. By placing a stronger emphasis on integrated land management practices, we can prioritize the protection and restoration of ecosystems. Moreover, by implementing effective policies that address the root causes of land degradation and promote sustainable development, we can obtain more resilient and thriving outcomes. By promoting sustainable land use practices, we can safeguard the long-term health and vitality of ecosystems, economies, and communities.

16 June 2023