King Mohammed VI Calls for Action Against Climate Change, Desertification

In late 2021, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) ranked Morocco fifth worldwide for its efforts to combat climate change.

Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a speech on Monday to the Summit of Heads of State and Government on Drought and Sustainable Land Management in Abidjan.

In the speech, Morocco’s King praised Cote d’Ivoire’s efforts to organize the summit, describing the West African country’s hosting of the event as reflecting a “firm determination and concrete mobilization to tackle the problem of drought.”

The monarch stressed the impact of climate change in particular on drought and land sustainability in the continent, citing the loss of millions of hectares of land across the continent and more than $120 billion in economic losses.

“Climate change is not some theoretical issue, nor is it a subject for rhetorical debate. It is a harsh, unforgiving reality which is taking a toll because of increasingly frequent, severe and devastating droughts,” the speech said.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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