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Desertification and Drought Day 2024

The Desertification and Drought Day is hosted by the Government of Germany on June 17, 2024. This year’s theme – “United for Land. Our Legacy. Our Future.” – highlights the importance of sustainable land stewardship. With over 40% of the world’s land degraded and millions at risk due to drought and desertification, early detection and mitigation are crucial. Systems for early warning and monitoring can better identify vulnerable areas and encourage timely action.

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Webinar: Fresh Water in Cities

Join us at the free webinar on “Fresh Water in Cities: How can nature-based solutions help tackle urban water challenges?” on June 13, 2024. The webinar aims to share knowledge and experiences on existing water challenges and available nature-based solutions (NbS) in urban areas.

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2024 edition of online course: IWRM for Climate Resilience

Integrated Water Resources Management for Climate Resilience, developed by UNEP-DHI in partnership with Cap-Net UNDP, UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre, UN-Habitat, Global Water Partnership and UNDP, is an online, free and self-paced course that offers five modules designed to help practitioners plan climate resilient measures in the water sector.

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Restoring lakes for peace and sustainability

World Water Day with its theme of “Leveraging Water for Peace” is a call to action for, among others, transboundary cooperation to conserve and restore our lakes and other freshwater resources. Read this article from UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and discover more about the efforts that have been building recently in this direction.

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New edition of online course on Integrated Drought Management

In partnership with Integrated Drought Management Programme, Cap-Net UNDP, WMO, GWP, and the Volta Flood and Drought Management project, UNEP-DHI developed an online course on Integrated Drought Management: Monitoring and Early Warning. It is designed to improve understanding of proactive integrated drought management and introduces available tools for drought monitoring and forecasting.

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Global Wetland Centre opens on World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is a global awareness campaign celebrated every year on 2 February to highlight the value of wetlands. And, not coincidentally, today is also the official opening day of the Global Wetland Center that DHI has established together with the University of Copenhagen and GEUS!

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UNEP announces 19 cities to restore nature’s rightful place in urban areas

Read this UNEP article about the Generation Restoration project, which will run for three years from 2023 to 2025 and is funded by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). UNEP has officially selected 19 cities to join the project and eight of the cities will implement pilot projects to restore urban ecosystems and promote nature-based solutions.

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