The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is an important global and national event. The day was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 to mark this important global event in every calendar year that falls on June 17. The objectives of the “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought” is to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and desertification, particularly in Africa of which Ghana is included.
Ghana signed and ratified the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in 1996 to show commitment to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought. In Ghana the global event is celebrated on rotational basis annually among the three (3) regions of the north to create awareness on the impact of desertification for stakeholders to continually put in place measures to address it. The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is playing a leading role in this direction.
This year’s official celebration took place in Bongo, in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region under the global theme: “Inclusive Cooperation for Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality” and the slogan is “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.” The Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional area, Naba Baba Salifu Aleemyarum, who initiated the Green Bongo project to help fight desertification was the chairman of the occasion.
Trax Ghana works with smallholder farmers in northern Ghana to develop context specific, locally adapted practices for environmental sustainability, which builds on traditional indigenous knowledge such as contour identification and bunding (terracing), contour ridging, tree growing, natural regeneration, grass stripping, composting, crop residue management, promotion of energy-saving mudstove, wild fire prevention and management, inter cropping with legumes, etc.
As a key stakeholder in environmental management, Trax Ghana took the opportunity to carry out photo exhibition of its environmental interventions in the region at the durbar grounds.