Millions of Pakistanis depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. With almost 80 percent of the country’s area consisting of arid or semi-arid land, however, much of Pakistan’s agricultural land is vulnerable to desertification - the process by which arable land becomes desert due to drought, deforestation, inappropriate agricultural practices, the effects of climate change, or a combination of all of these. As Pakistan’s population grows and the effects of climate change take hold, desertification has become a major source of concern for the country’s fragile ecosystem. As part of global efforts to combat desertification and drought, the Sustainable Land Management Programme (SLMP), a project supported by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a seminar at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University in Rawalpindi with the theme of Combating Desertification in Pakistan. This seminar commemorated World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated globally on 17 June 2017, and was accompanied by a walk to increase public awareness of this important challenge to Pakistan’s economy and wellbeing.