Official Remarks From PISLM Executive Director Calvin James On World Desertification And Drought Day

(PR) – Today, we mark 50 years of World  Desertification and Drought Day celebration. This day is dedicated to raising awareness and  galvanizing action against the persistent challenges of land degradation. As the Executive  Director of the Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Land Management, this day represents the  heart of what we endeavour to help countries address in the Caribbean, daily. What I’ve  dedicated a portion of my life to helping the region combat.  

This year’s theme, “United for Land. Our Legacy. Our Future,” resonates profoundly,  especially for us in the Caribbean. Our region, known for its vibrant cultures and rich  biodiversity, faces unique challenges in sustainable land management. The impacts of desertification, drought, and climate change are acutely felt here, threatening our food security,  water resources, and the very livelihoods that depend on our land. 

In the Caribbean, our struggles with sustainable land management are multifaceted. From the  pressures of urbanization and tourism to the impacts of hurricanes and sea-level rise, our lands  are under constant threat. Soil erosion, deforestation, and the degradation of our coastal areas  further exacerbate these challenges, putting our ecosystems and communities at risk. 

Yet, amidst these challenges, there is hope and resilience. The theme, “United for Land. Our  Legacy. Our Future,” reminds us that by coming together, we can turn the tide. Sustainable  land management is not only an environmental necessity it is how we preserve our legacy and  ensuring a thriving future for generations to come. 

At the Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Land Management, we are dedicated to  implementing and promoting practices that restore the health and vitality of our lands. From  development and study of innovative agricultural techniques at our Regional Research,  Advisory and Capacity Building Facility on New Adaptation Technologies (RAC/NAT) facility  to community-centric projects like SOILCARE, we strive to make a tangible impact on the  ground. Our work is driven by the belief that every piece of land restored is a step towards a  more resilient and equitable Caribbean. 

Today, we reaffirm our commitment to this cause. We continue to engage governments,  international organizations, civil society, and local communities—to combat desertification and  drought. By uniting our efforts, we can create a legacy of sustainable land management that  ensures a flourishing future for our region. 

The road ahead is challenging, but it is also filled with hope and possibility. Together, united  for land, we can turn the tide on desertification and drought. Let us act with urgency,  compassion, and unwavering resolve to secure our legacy and our future.