Deserts and Desertification: Don't Desert Drylands!

The World Environment Day theme for 2006 was Deserts and Desertification and the accompanying slogan Don't Desert Drylands! The slogan emphasized the importance of protecting drylands, which cover more than 40% of the planet’s land area. This ecosystem is home to one-third of the world’s people who are more vulnerable members of society.

The main international World Environment Day celebrations were held in Algiers with the support of H.E Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the Democratic and People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

With the theme deserts and desertification, the choice of Algeria could not have been more appropriate.