Combating desertification: China supports eight countries in Asia and Africa

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The Chinese authorities have decided to invest in the fight against desertification in eight Asian and African countries. This is what Zhang Jianlong, head of State administration of forests and grasslands said. In clear terms, China is planning to help control desertification along the arteries in eight countries in Central Asia and Africa.

"Discussions are underway as China expects the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to combat desertification (UNCCD) to request a Chinese investment of approximately 2 million million in the Fund to support the South-South cooperation, "he suggested.  

China also draws up a list of desertification technologies and applications for countries along the "belt and road" as part of efforts to promote the prevention and treatment of desertification at the scale International, added Mr. Zhang at a meeting of the CNULD held in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, in southwestern China.

China has made remarkable progress in combating desertification in recent years, thanks to the launching of major ecological projects, including the Sanbei shelterbelt project (in the North-East, North and North-West of the country) and the draft the transformation of marginal agricultural land into forests.

According to a recent NASA research, China and India have contributed to a third of the Earth's greening over the last two decades, an area equivalent to the Amazonian rainforest.

"Economic losses due to land degradation are estimated at 1.3 billion dollars per day. Every minute, 23 hectares of land are degraded, said Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the CNULD, calling for global efforts to defeat "Earth cancer" which affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.

Established in 1994, the CNULD aims to improve living conditions for people living in arid areas and to achieve a neutral land degradation world, in accordance with the United Nations sustainable development programme on the horizon 2030

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