One of the “Most Pressing Environmental Challenges of Our Time,” According to the Saudi Deputy Environment Minister, is Desertification

One of the “Most Pressing Environmental Challenges of Our Time,” According to the Saudi Deputy Environment Minister, is Desertification

According to Osama Faqeeha, the deputy minister of environment, water, and agriculture of Saudi Arabia, desertification and drought are two of the most urgent environmental issues facing the globe today.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the minister stated in a statement commemorating the UN Convention to Combat Desertification’s 30th anniversary that land degradation might impact as much as 40% of the planet’s land area and result in the annual loss of 100 million hectares of productive land.

Faqeeha emphasized the Kingdom’s dedication to sustainable land management, saying that drought, land degradation, and desertification are three of the most urgent environmental issues of our day. The UNCCD is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and COP16 is anticipated to be a turning point for sustainable management and land restoration. By working together, we can restore our land and turn the tide. The sustainable management of our land will determine our future.

According to him, every second, the world loses an area of healthy land the size of four football fields due to land degradation.

“A healthy land base is critical to our future. For sustainable land management, let’s band together,” he remarked.

Leading international initiatives to address drought and land degradation has been Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Green Initiative and other land restoration initiatives were cited as examples of sustainable development programs.

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