Deputy Minister, Rejoice Mabudafhasi to commemorate World Day to Combat Desertification

Keimoes, Northern Cape, 15 June 2010


The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi will commemorate World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June in Keimoes, Northern Cape. The celebration will take place under the theme, “Enhancing soils, anywhere, enhancing life everywhere”.

Hosting of the event in the Northern Cape is particularly significant as the province is one of the provinces severely affected by the impacts of land degradation and desertification with the highest proportion of rural households living in abject poverty.

This year’s celebration is significant in that the emphasis is about the close relationship between livelihoods and ecosystem wellbeing as well as soils that are rich in biodiversity. Healthy soils produce life and yet soil health depends a lot on how individuals use their land. Soils determine the country’s food security and how our ecosystems serve us. Our increasing ecological interdependence also means enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere.

The World Day to Combat Desertification has been observed since 1994 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Northern Cape MEC for Environment and Nature Conservation, Ms Sylvia Lucas will also be in attendance at the celebrations.

Media is invited to the celebration.

Event details:

Date: Thursday, 17 June 2010
Time: 09h30 for 10h00
Venue: Keimoes Sports Grounds, Siyanda Region

Peter Mbelengwa
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