Anti-desertification training



Turkey to provide anti-desertification training to officials from African countries


Amid concerns about the rising phenomenon of desertification threatening agriculture and water resources on the continent, Africa may benefit from Turkey’s aid. The Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry and state-run development aid agency Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) will coordinate the training of 77 experts from 30 African countries on how to fight desertification.

Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroğlu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the program was decided on at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification held in Ankara last year. “We will share our experience on the issue with African countries and want to add to their capacity to fight desertification,” he said.

The field training program will be launched today in the central city of Konya and the southern cities of Mersin and Adana, and the training sessions will continue for a week. Experts from a large number of countries from North Africa’s Algeria and Morocco to Madagascar in southeastern Africa and Somalia in the west will undergo the training.

Eroğlu said all countries, wealthy ones in particular, should contribute to others on the issue. “We are ready to share our expertise and technology with other countries. We offer comprehensive solutions including not only technical training but project-based solutions,” he said.

Read the full story: Daily Sabah


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Willem Van Cotthem

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