Land Day 5 (IISD / UNCCD)

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The Government of South Africa, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the World Agroforestry Centre are pleased to invite you to

Land Day 5, on theme, “Achieving zero net land degradation: impacts on climate change issues.”

The event will take place on Tuesday, 6 December 2011 at the South African Climate Change Expo in Durban, South Africa.

Under this theme, participants will examine closely what potential exists to ensure that for every hectare of land that is degraded over a given period, an equivalent amount of already degraded land is recovered within the same period.

The event, which is open to the public, brings a mix of speakers,  from the experts to ordinary people, to tackle challenging policy issues in a candid, non-political environment. Land Day 5 speakers include His Excellency Mr Kgalema Monthlante, South Africa’s Deputy President, Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, Hon Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs and Dr. Dennis Garrity, former Director-General of the World Agroforestry Center.

The event will also feature a theater performance by Resource Africa Theater Group to tease out the effects of climate change on communities, and an evening cocktail reception with a performance by Ms Deborah Fraser, renown South African Gospel singer and UNCCD Drylands Ambassador.

The detailed programme for the day event is available for download at: http://www.unccd.int/publicinfo/landday/landday5/docs/Land%20Day%205%20Program.pdf.

For background documents and detailed information on previous Land Day events, visit: http://www.unccd.int/publicinfo/landday/landday5/menu.php.

To obatin further information, on the event (subject line: LD5 info), or interviews with the panelists (subject line: LD5 media request), contact:
Wagaki Mwangi
Public Information and Media Officer
Email: wmwangi@unccd.int

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.