KENYA TO PROMOTE POLICIES, ACTIONS TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION

NAIROBI, Kenya will promote policies, frameworks, strategies and actions aimed at combating desertification, says Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for the Environment Judy Wakhungu, who notes that recent cycles of drought which the country has experienced have accelerated soil degradation, leading to food insecurity.

Desertification poses an immediate threat to Kenya, considering that 80 per cent of the country is classified as arid and semi-arid, she said during a high-level Horn of Africa Ministerial Meeting for Combating Desertification here Thursday.

Wakhungu said desertification and land degradation, which are major challenges to sustainable development, could be effectively tackled through collaborative efforts.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Environment Ministry Administration Secretary, William Kiprono, Wakhungu said degraded landscapes had slowly taken the shape of deserts and reduced their productivity to levels barely capable of supporting ecosystem services and community livelihoods.

Kiprono told the meeting that the current situation in Kenya has seen previously fertile lands being transformed into deserts as a result of inappropriate agriculture and deforestation.

Kenya signed the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in October 1994 and ratified the convention in June 1997.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK