The government of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the United Nations’ convention to combat land desertification and degradation, has drafted a national action programme to combat land degradation at the Miatta conference hall, Brook fields in Freetown.
The drafted national action programme outlines activities by the government of Sierra Leone to specifically implementation arrangements made for the first phase of the NAP process, which is an entry point into the elaboration of the national action programme that identifies the symptoms, causes and effects of land degradation at local and national levels.
Donald French of the United Nations Development Programme in his statement promised to continue their support to the government and other agencies in the fight to combat land deforestation and degradation because the people depended on the land to achieve goal seven of the millennium development goals.
She added that, “the UNDP is supportive and remain committed to the draft document for a sustainable land development in Sierra Leone”, as they would provide funds and expertise to build the capacity of government for a participatory approach that would promote innovative and strategies for the grassroots’ involvement in the fight to combat land deforestation and degradation in Sierra Leone.
The United Nations Convention to combat deforestation programme officer facilitation unit Africa, Nima Barry, maintained that since the ratification of the convention by the government of Sierra Leone series of elaboration and validation work were done to map out a medium size project for the period of 2018 to promote development and also integrate policies for an appropriate frame work between government and its partners.
Adding that it would be implemented by the government of Sierra Leone for a sustainable land management, and resource control which would bring efficient result that would resolve the renewable and nonrenewable long term resource management.
Delivering his keynote address the deputy minister of Lands Housing and Country Planning, Daniel Gaima, emphasized the need for the finalisaton of the national dialogue in developing an action programme to combat the degradation of a very precious and valuable natural resource.
Minister Gaima lamented that, “the country is losing its rich biodiversity found in our remaining tropical forest as 80% of our people depend on land resources to earn their living.”
He expressed thanks and appreciation on behalf of government and people of Sierra Leone to UNCCD, GEF, UNDP, and CILSS for their financial supports and expertise to make this draft document a reality on the fight to combat land deforestation and degradation.
By Saidu Bah