Sensitisation forum on ways to combat desertification and land degradation



FAO, DoF Sensitise CRR TAC Members on Desertification

The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Department of Forestry recently convened a day’s sensitisation forum on ways to combat desertification and land degradation.

The event held at the Region 5 Educational Directorate Conference Hall, in CRR, attracted members of the Central River Region Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and its partners.

Speaking to the gathering, Alhagie Malang Saibou Camara, the acting Governor of Central River Region underscored the importance of forest to human existence, saying the absence of trees could adversely affect human existence.

He highlighted the effects of land degradation, positing that man depends on land for agriculture and other uses, thus the need for all to join forces to secure the country’s environment from desertification and land degradation.

Camara commended The Gambia Government for bringing such a laudable project to the people of CRR in a bid to address the harmful practises affecting the environment.

He expressed his team’s readiness to work with any agency in the implementation of this laudable initiative, affirming that TAC members are part and parcel of national development.

Read the full article: Daily Observer for The Gambia

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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