Asmara, 13 May 2022 – Eritrea’s delegation of experts which is participating at the 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abidjan, Ivory coast presented the country’s experiences and challenges in the fight against Drought, Land degradation and Desertification on May 11, 2022, during the drought day session.
The presentation and short documentary film focused on major challenges of the country such as land degradation due to different reasons and deforestation from different causes, and the countermeasures are taken to address the challenges and reclaim the land through community-based programs.
During the session, the delegation presented figures on community based on-farm and off-farm soil and water conservation programs; construction of water holding structures; afforestation programs etc.
With regards to mitigating drought challenges, the delegation mentioned the increment of construction of different sized dams and ponds from 138 (1991) to 785 (2021) as one of the notable achievements over the past 31 years of independence. During the event, it was underscored that thanks to this progress, the total area of irrigated land has increase by 4 times; and this growth has boosted the total production of fruits by 71 times and that of vegetables by almost 6 times.
Moreover, the delegation highlighted the government’s commitment to the Greening Campaign; and the Production of bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides.
Around 2,000 delegates from 196 countries are attending the 15th Conference of Parties.