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Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere

June 17th, 2010

Happy World Day to Combat Desertification! This day is observed every year on 17 June. This year, the Day’s slogan is “Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere”  since 2010 is the International Year dedicated to Biodiversity. To this end, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) aims to sensitize the public to the fact that desertification, land degradation and drought dramatically affect the biodiversity resident in the soil.

There is a close relationship between livelihood and ecosystem wellbeing, and soils that are rich in biodiversity. Healthy soils produce life, and yet soil health depends a lot on how individuals use their land. What we do to our soils determines the quality and quantity of the food we eat and how our ecosystems serve us. Our increasing ecological interdependence also means enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere.

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