World Day to Combat Desertification

Before the land management campaign
Before the land management campaign

17 June, Lhuntse: Joining the world as an additional opportunity to promote public awareness on desertification and to implement activities to combat the issues, the National Soil Services Center (NSSC) under the Dept. of Agriculture, MoAF observed the World Day to Combat Desertification at Jarey Gewog under Lhuntse Dzongkhag.

The theme for this year’s celebration was “ecosystem based adaptation” with a slogan “Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof it”.It highlights the benefits of mainstreaming sustainable land management (SLM) policies and practices into collective response to climate change.

 The day was observed with land management campaigns by the technical experts from NSSC and Lhuntse Dzongkhag to the farmers from the five chewogs of Jarey gewog. Preventive land management measures to combat desertification were carried out in 18 acres of land from Jarey gewog and 20 acres of land from Metsho gewog during the campaign.

After the land management campaign
After the land management campaign

 Dasho Sonam Wangyel, Lhuntse Dzongdag graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He shared that desertification can be effectively tackled, and that the key tool to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels.

The World Day to Combat Desertification has been observed since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought. Ever since, countries, organizations of the United Nations System, international and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders have celebrated this particular day with a series of outreach activities worldwide.

The total cultivated area in Bhutan is 2.93% and most of it on steep slopes and Bhutan annually losses 29 Mt/Ha of fertile top soil to land degradation.

– Reported by Tandin Dorji, ICS 

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