On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification, the slogan for this year was announced which is " LETS GO LAND DEGRADATION NEUTRAL" . This essentially seeks to stop fertile , arable land from turning into deserts . UN statistics reveal that a staggering 12 million hectares of land turn into deserts each year . 12 million hectares of land = 3 times the size of Switzerland. All efforts must be made to stop and reverse this.