Speech by Environment Minister on World Day to Combat Desertification

Every 17th June marks World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, this year under the banner of “Our Earth , Our Home, Our Future”. The Minister for Forests and the Environment, Francisco Mba Olo Behamonde, gave a speech mark the celebration of this day.

We all have dreams, but for most of us these dreams are quite simple. They are common to individuals and communities around the world. People only wish to have a place to establish and plan a future with their families, and not only survive but also prosper.

The Prosperity of peoples depends to a large extent on the Earth’s resources, such as fertile soil, drinking water, or the flora and fauna.

Paradoxically, we do not understand how to value the Earth’s resources or the forests. Our tendency to degrade new land instead of restoring and reusing previously degraded land implies that future generations will not be able to benefit from the resources that we are enjoying today”, stated Olo Bahamonde, in his speech.

It is expected that by 2050, the demand for food and water will have doubled, while is predicted that crop performance will fall rapidly due to the effects of drought on degraded land, and a surge in the impact of climate change” underlined the minister.

This generation ´┐Żour generation-, has the time, the knowledge, and the human and financial means necessary to reverse these trends, and restore a large part of the degraded land”, said Olo Bahamonde, as the minister considers that the opportunity is on our hands to significantly slow the rapid loss of the resources which are still available.

Within our geographical context, the Minister for Forests said that the fight against desertification and drought implies the fight against deforestation and the degradation of the land. From that perspective, the Government of Equatorial Guinea, led by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has as priorities the promotion of new rational exploitation mechanisms for forest resources, thus avoiding the extreme deforestation and degradation of the land.

For our land, our home, our future, and long live World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought”, concluded the minister.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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