This occasion which falls on 17 June each year, also underlines the need to continue to promote awareness of desertification and drought, as the most serious environmental challenges worldwide, Al Suwaidi added.
On this occasion, the Emirate of Sharjah is keen to raise awareness in keeping with its approach which focuses on environmental awareness in general and the issue of desertification and the desert environment in particular.
This keenness, EPAA chairperson said, stems from the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which centres on providing all means, tools and mechanisms that contribute effectively to the prevention of environmental degradation and fighting desertification. Such means are embodies in increasing the number of green spaces and landscaping, afforestation campaigns in various areas of the Emirate of Sharjah, paying much care to environment and nature reserves in addition to environment awareness campaigns such as those EPAA has been accustomed to organise translating the directives and efforts of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, which focus on the importance of collecting and preserving the seeds of plants, and re-planting endangered plants in nature reserves, as in the Muntathir Reserve in Sharjah.
EPAA chairperson went on to say that the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is an occasion to remember the importance of the environment and the need to protect it and to combat desertification, which carries many risks to human health, society and the environment, affecting one-sixth of the world's population, 70% of all drylands and 3.6 billion hectares in the world. Without a long-term solution, desertification and land degradation will not only affect food supplies but will also increase migration and threaten the stability of many countries and regions. Therefore, world leaders have spared no efforts to prevent the impact of land degradation as one of the goals of sustainable development goals.