2017 World Day to Combat Desertification

This weeks’ Education Thursday was held in conjunction with World Day to Combat Desertification and involved a tree planting activity with CFF staff.

Celebrated annually on June 17, WDCD promotes public awareness on combating desertification and the effects of drought. Desertification is the degradation of land caused by factors such as climate change and human activities. With the slogan “Our land. Our home. Our Future”, this year’s celebration underlines the central role productive land can play in turning the growing tide of migrants abandoning their unproductive land into communities and nations that are stable, secure and sustainable for future generations.

Following a presentation by SAGEPLUS on desertification and sustainable land management in a changing climate, CFF staff planted eight soursop (Annona muricata) trees surrounding Dome B. The crop is native to the Caribbean and Central America, but is now widely cultivated and adapted to areas with high humidity and a well-suited crop to combat desertification. 

We can’t wait to watch the trees grow and harvest the fruits! Stay tuned to our social media channels to see the progress of the trees!