Desertification is on the rise in Pakistan (Google / Population Matters)

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Pakistan: Experts warn of desertification

Desertification is on the rise in Pakistan due to growing a population that is putting immense pressure on cultivatable lands, resulting in lessening the fertility of the soil while other factors such as soil erosion, water logging and salinity as well as crop productivity are adding to the process. This was stated by experts ahead of the World Day to Combat Desertification. The environmentalists and biodiversity experts said this while addressing a press briefing organised by IUCN Pakistan in collaboration with Baanhn Beli and FPCCI (Environment and CSR) at its Country Program Office on Thursday.

Environmentalists and experts through their presentations highlighted drylands and threats faced by them. They called for joint efforts by the government and civil society to prevent the destruction of dry and wetlands. It is worth mentioning here that over 110 countries in the world have drylands that are potentially threatened by desertification, of which Africa, Asia and Latin America could be gravely affected.

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About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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