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Algiers conference to tackle Africa desertification
ALGIERS — Regional cooperation to improve the fight against creeping desertification of the African continent is at the centre of a conference that is to open here Thursday.
“It is difficult to bring action programmes of the continent’s sub-regions in line if national programmes (to fight the problem) are insufficient,” Youcef Brahimi of the Rome-based UN agency Global Mechanism to combat desertification told AFP.
Brahimi said the UN agency on Tuesday presented a platform for cooperation and partnership as a basis for the Algiers conference.
“We’re talking about an Internet site that has useful information on financial opportunities,” he said, adding that those interested in a partnership or a mobilisation of resources could develop these partnerships online.
More than 40 African countries will take part in the Algiers meeting that is to adopt a “roadmap” to stop encroaching deserts.
The European Union’s executive Commission has earmarked 3.2 million euros (4.5 million dollars) for the project.