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“Dry lands Champions” recognized as Kenya celebrates World Day to Combat Desertification
The day, which is a global event under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which Kenya is a signatory to, was celebrated under the theme “Droughts and Water Scarcity,”but domesticated as “Don’t Let Our Future Dry Up.”
The celebration was in Elgeyo Marakwet County at the A.I.C Cheptebo which is a network of faith-based rural development and environment community based organizations. The 16th June 2013, events started with tree planting and visit to local farms showcasing practical examples of actions that combat the encroachment of desertification.
On June 17, a procession to the venue for the official event of the WDCD 2013 where more commemorative trees were also planted.
Speeches on behalf of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu were read. Three “Dry land Champions” were recognized as well as those organizations that had exhibits, with the issuance of certificates.