• 17 Jun, 2024
  • United Zimbabwe Alliance

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Today, on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, we unite under the theme "United for Land. Our Legacy. Our Future." This day marks a global call to action, recognizing the urgent need to address the pressing challenges of desertification and drought, which threaten our environment, our economies, and our future.

Desertification and drought are not isolated issues. They are global crises that affect every continent, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people. Over 2 billion individuals live in drylands, which are highly susceptible to desertification. According to the United Nations, approximately 12 million hectares of land are lost to desertification annually, an area that could produce 20 million tons of grain. This loss exacerbates food insecurity, poverty, and displacement, highlighting the critical need for global awareness and action.

Desertification is primarily driven by unsustainable human activities such as deforestation, overgrazing, and inappropriate agricultural practices. These actions, compounded by the effects of climate change, lead to soil degradation and the loss of arable land. The consequences are severe: reduced agricultural productivity, food and water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, increased poverty, and forced migration. These impacts create a vicious cycle of environmental degradation and human suffering, which we must break. In Zimbabwe, we witness the degradation of our once-rich agricultural lands, increased food insecurity, and the displacement of communities who depend on the land for their livelihoods.

Addressing desertification and drought requires concerted efforts at both the international and local levels. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) plays a pivotal role in coordinating global efforts. Through initiatives like the Great Green Wall in Africa, which aims to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land, the UNCCD showcases the power of collaborative action.

Locally, initiatives such as reforestation programs and sustainable land management practices are underway to restore degraded ecosystems and build resilience against drought. United Zimbabwe Alliance supports these efforts and advocates for increased investment in sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, and community empowerment.

As a political party, United Zimbabwe Alliance recognizes the critical role of government policies and regulations in addressing desertification and drought. We advocate for policies that promote sustainable land use, protect natural resources, and support resilient agricultural practices. Collaboration with international organizations, civil society, and the private sector is essential to mobilize resources and expertise needed to tackle these challenges effectively.

On this World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, United Zimbabwe Alliance calls upon all Zimbabweans to unite for our land, our legacy, and our future, targeting at the following groups;

  1. Government: To implement and enforce policies that promote sustainable land management and environmental conservation.

  2. Communities: To engage in local initiatives to restore degraded lands, conserve water resources, and adopt sustainable farming practices.

  3. Individuals: To contribute to environmental conservation efforts, educate others about the impacts of desertification and drought, and advocate for policies that protect our natural heritage.

As we commemorate this day, let us remember that the health of our land is intricately linked to the prosperity of our nation. The United Zimbabwe Alliance remains steadfast in our commitment to safeguarding our environment, preserving our natural resources, and securing a sustainable future for generations to come. Together, let us work towards a Zimbabwe where our land flourishes, our people thrive, and our legacy endures.