Northern Mongolian province launches anti-desertification campaign

Source: Xinhua| 2021-04-21 –|Editor: huaxiahttp://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-04/21/c_139896710.htm

ULAN BATOR, April 21 (Xinhua) — The northern Mongolian province of Khuvsgul has launched a campaign to plant trees to combat desertification, the provincial governor’s office said Wednesday.The campaign called “Let’s Build Green Stupas” will last until 2024, during which at least 1 million trees will be planted and cared for, the office said in a statement.

“Taking care of a tree is more difficult than planting it. Therefore, officials of professional organizations will always provide people with knowledge, information and advice on how to take care of trees,” it said in a statement.

At least 76.8 percent of the Mongolian total territory has been struck by desertification, the country’s ministry of environment and tourism has said.The frequency of natural disasters such as yellow dust storms has been on the rise in the country due to desertification resulting from climate change, according to the ministry.The Khuvsgul province is a region that has been heavily affected by desertification and land degradation.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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