Linking desertification to poverty (IRIN News)

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CAPE VERDE: International forum links desertification to poverty

Environmentalists and government officials have produced a unified position among countries most affected by desertification following a recent four-day international forum in Cape Verde’s capital, Praia, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) reported on Monday.

The ‘Praia Declaration,’ which will be presented at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in August in Johannesburg, South Africa, says, “The poverty nexus is tied with desertification and drought in a vicious circle characterised by land degradation and loss of resources.”

The declaration recommended that the summit consider fighting desertification and promoting natural resources management as a main strategy to reduce poverty. It also urged more cooperation at subregional and regional levels to ensure cross-border sharing of skills and resources in the management of arid ecosystems.

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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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