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Workshop on land management held
ISLAMABAD, Dec 07, 2010 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) —
A two-day workshop on Role of Spatial Technology (GIS and RS) in Sustainable Management of Land Resources started here Tuesday to highlight significance of spatial technology for monitoring the extent of land degradation and sustainable management of land resources.
Organized by the Ministry of Environment, UNDP and GEF, the objectives of the workshop are to introduce GIS and RS tools and highlight usefulness of spatial technology, share findings and recommendation of the study with the stakeholders and partners, examine spatial data gaps and reliability of various data sets on desertification monitoring in Pakistan and forage linkages and networking with agencies using GIS and RS for managing land resources.
According to the organizers of workshop, desertification, land degradation and drought are serious environmental issues affecting billions of people across the world. The situation is even worst in arid and semi-arid regions of developing countries, including Pakistan.
Consequently, huge chunks of fertile lands are turning into unproductive, triggering poverty, unemployment and food crisis. To address the challenges of land degradation and desertification in Pakistan, the Ministry of Environment is implementing phase-I of a project Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification in Pakistan, sponsored jointly by the government of Pakistan, Global Environment facility (GEF) and UNDP.