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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New online course: Sustainable Lake Management

In collaboration with UNEP, Cap-Net UNDP, and ILEC, UNEP-DHI Centre is launching a new course on Sustainable Lake Management (SLM). This online, free and self-paced course offers five modules to improve the understanding of fundamental principles of SLM and to equip participants with tools to develop, implement and refine a participatory lake recovery plan that promotes the sustainable use of lake resources.