Celebrating World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD)
The theme for WDCD 2014 is, “Land belongs to the future, lets Climate Proof it”. The purpose of this event which took place at Sekulo Primary School on the 16th – 17th in Budaka District located in Eastern Uganda was to raise awareness while demonstrating to communities the sustainable land management and climate smart land use technologies/practices.
Although Budaka is one of the 5 districts implementing the project “enhancing adoption of climate smart agriculture in Uganda’s farming systems”, the district was chosen to host this year’s event because it has experienced severe land degradation in the past.
The WDCD is commemorated annually on the 17th June, since 1994 when the United Nations General Assembly declared the importance of promoting public awareness to combat desertification through the initiative of country partners, international organizations, non – governmental organizations and other significant stakeholders.
The WDCD is a reminder to the public that desertification which is product of climate variation and human activity, can be effectively eradicated through community participation and co –operation at all levels.
With collaboration and support from (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management) PELUM organization, JEEP attended, exhibited and celebrated the World Day to Combat Desertification to clearly demonstrate its national commitment to raise public awareness of the dangers of climate change; human activities like land degradation.