A Global Security Concern by unitednations
The United Nations
December, 1994: The United Nations General Assembly declared June 17th as 'World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It is a day of observance, not a holiday.
Why is it Observed: The United Nations has acknowledged that desertification and drought effects world regions, not just Africa.
Activities for this Observance Day:
*Educational Activities: Related to countering the problem of desertification. Such as: the presentation of case studies, and discussions on how desertification affects us globally.
*Promotional Activities: Distributing handouts to raise awareness of the problem.
*Who Participates: The United Nations, non-governmental agencies, stakeholders, research and engineering firms (who come up with plans to protect the land that is good and fertile to use) and villagers/citizens also participate in raising awareness of this issue as well as participating in the hands-on work when necessary and applicable.
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
The Logo: A tree, which represents the roof. The sun, representing warmth and life and the dunes, the earth. Other agencies or groups involved in the process may use their own logo. Usually the colors are earthy.
What is Desertification: The wasting away of land such that it is no longer fit for agricultural purposes. It is naturally influenced in climates that are extremely dry. However, it is also a man-made effect.
The Aral Sea shrinking
Lakes and seas that were once good for fishing are now vanishing, literally, into thin air. Extremely dry climates cause increased evaporation of the water contained in the lakes and seas. Mans influence is due to wars and the overuse of farmland. When farmland is not receiving the proper care for the continual turnover of crops, the land wastes away.
It is said that the violation of the land by man has a greater degrading effect.
For more information on the causes/effects of desertification and what can be done about it, visit:
- Public Info
To let your neighbors/family know of this observance day visit the public info site here for poster information and e-cards--Provided by the United Nations.
- UN Webcast
- Scientific Facts on Desertification
This Digest is a faithful summary of the leading scientific consensus report produced in 2005 by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA): 'Desertification Synthesis Report'
Poor land development, where measures are not taken to prevent its wasting away increases proverty and populations. Resources are depleted and people reside closer together in the hope of working closely to aid one another in their time of need. However the depletion of resources also result in a people who are malnourished and easily afflicted by other issues of ill health. The wasting away of fertile land gives rise to greater natural disasters such as immense dust storms, which cause major health problems, especially in overpopulated areas.
Can desertification and drought affect where you live? The United Nations seems to believe so.
For further reading on this subject, the following is suggested:
- Environmental consequences of prolonged drought
google.com The National Weather Service records and monitors regions for precipitation on a daily bases. If there is a significant lack of water deficiency than measures will be taken for that district. ...
- Trees For the World
Deforestation is one of the most urgent environmental problems today, because it affects both human and environmental health in surprising ways. The Benefits of Trees In America, trees are popular for their...
- Before and After The Drought
It was just last August of 2009, that the Texas Hill Country was in a terrible drought. Lake Travis was only half full and the surrounding area was so dry that trees were dying from lack of water. We were...