Nigerian Government, CJID hosts National Dialogue to Commemorate World Desertification Day

In partnership with the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), the Nigerian government is set to hold a national dialogue to commemorate World Drought and Desertification Day.

The Dialogue, themed; “Her Land, Her Rights: Advancing Gender Equality and Land Restoration Goals”, will be held in the federal capital territory on the 20th of June by the Nigerian government through the Federal Ministry of Environment and its partner, CJID.

According to the organisers, the event will convene a high-level meeting to assess progress in combating land degradation and outline the way for Nigeria’s efforts to resuscitate and restore healthy land.

The dialogue, they said, will feature a panel session to discuss the “role of media in addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in Nigeria” and will furthermore highlight the roles of government institutions in promoting responsible governance of land and forest tenure in the context of national food security principles, as well as how civil society organisations can be empowered to promote land tenure discussion in the context of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). 

The organisers said: “While land continues to deteriorate, land use transformation is occurring quicker than at any other period in human history. People must be aware that desertification, land degradation, and drought directly affect their daily lives. Therefore, the yearly commemoration of this event aims to emphasise that this problem may still be tackled via increased community participation and cooperation at all levels.”

Land use transformation

In today’s rapidly changing world, the transformation in land use is transpiring at an unprecedented pace. Over the last 50 years, this transformation has occurred faster than ever, with scientific evidence showing that the process is observable over remarkably short periods. 
In Nigeria, over 70 million people are directly or indirectly experiencing the negative impact of drought and desertification, threatening their livelihoods and widening inequality gaps of over 55 million people, especially across the 11 frontline states that are mostly faced with this threat. Globally, 23 per cent of the land is no longer productive, amounting to more than 2 billion hectares, including more than half of all agricultural land, affecting the livelihoods of over 3.2 billion people, or 40 per cent of the global population.


Felicia Dairo


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