Acknowledging that desertification and drought are problems of a global dimension in that they affect all regions of the world and that action by everyone is needed to combat desertification and drought. The UN declared 17 June to be "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" adopted in December 1994. The purpose of this Day is to promote public awareness of land degradation and to draw attention to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) is a legally international agreement linking environment and development to land management. It addresses arid, semi-arid, drylands and vulnerable ecosystems. FAP is the forest and agroforestry promoters, they help with the uncontrolled exploitation of forest and wetland resources and fast depletion of natural resources. They plant as many trees as possible,with the help of volunteers and donations.
11 African countries are moving ahead with a plan in the Sahel-Saharan region of the continent to protect their land from desertification. The countries are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Senegal. They came together in 2007 to execute the $2 billion dollar project. The 15 kilometers wide and 7,775 kilometers long tree wall will stretch all the way from Senegal in West Africa to Djibouti in the east.