17 June 2014: World Day to Combat Desertification – Public Conference in Geneva

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Land degradation and desertification are one of the biggest challenges that our world is facing. The World Day to Combat Desertification has promoted public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat the effects of drought and desertification since 1995.
This year, Initiatives of Change International and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation are organizing a public event with different experts at the Maison de la Paix (Graduate Institute) in Geneva. The theme of this year is “ecosystem based adaption to climate change”.

Click on the image to see the flyer and the detailed programme
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When coupled with climate change, desertification jeopardizes humanity’s capacity to feed itself and produces severe security challenges. Tackling desertification requires both local and global solutions.

This year’s World Day to Combat Desertification event will start with a projection of the film “Greening Ethiopia’s Highlands” which will be followed by interventions of several experts on environmental challenges:

Edmund Barrow, Director, Global Ecosystem Management Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Hanspeter Liniger, Director of WOCAT, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern
Martin Frick, Chair, Inititative for Land, Lives and Peace
Yves Guinand, Focal Point UNCCD, Global Programme Food Security, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Massimo Candelori, Head of the Implementation Unit at the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

The event will be followed by a buffet.

Follow the news around the World Day to Combat Desertification on twitter #WDCD2014
We look forward to seeing you there!

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