Movement for Natural Regeneration (MONAR) and feasible agro-forestry techniques


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Mr. Norbert Akolbila, Founder and Executive Director of Movement for Natural Regeneration

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration Policy Can Fight Desertification

Mr. Norbert Akolbila, Founder and Executive Director of Movement for Natural Regeneration (MONAR), a Bolgatanga-based environmental NGO has called on the government to adopt, as a matter of policy, Farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) as a cost-effective and people-centred approach to combating the threat of desertification in the country.

“On the other hand FMNR has been highly successful as a less expensive land rehabilitation approach because it is locally-led and implemented, and easy to adopt because it uses local skills and resources. FMNR thus come in handy to complement the tree planting effort with is its attendant challenges” he said.

This was contained in a commemorative message MONAR issued in Bolgatanga to mark World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD).

Mr. Akolbila said it was long overdue for the government and development partners to start re-thinking on drought and desertification control strategies in view of current climate change realities, by embracing feasible agro-forestry techniques such as FMNR, which is sensitive to the livelihood needs and priorities of local communities.

He noted that it was for this reason that MONAR identifies itself with the theme for this year’s World Day to Combat desertification, which is “Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality”.

The MONAR Director said the theme for the event was appropriate and timely because of the importance of inclusive cooperation among government, development partners and local communities in efforts to combat desertification as one of the greatest environmental threats of our times.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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