(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat -
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) marked World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on Monday. It was held under the theme, 'To develop the future together'.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of H E Sheikh Yahya bin Hamoud al Maamari, Governor of North Sharqiyah in the presence H E Najeeb A al Rawas, Undersecretary in MECA. Several presentations by youth on combating desertification were also presented at the event.
The sultanate seeks to implement national plans to combat desertification and integrate programmes and projects to mitigate the effects of drought in line with the global goals and plans advocated by international environmental conventions, especially biodiversity and climate change conventions.
The sultanate has also made efforts to use technologies to prevent land degradation and take advantage of the opportunities available under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in training, capacity building and technology transfer from developed countries. According to reports, Oman has 0.12 per cent of degraded lands and saw an improvement of 29.4 per cent in land degradation.
MECA stressed that it is making great efforts to reduce land degradation by reducing destructive vegetation and soil activities and by continuously increasing sustainability and reducing overexploitation of land resources.
The United Nations General Assembly declared World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17 in 1994 to highlight the issue and spread awareness.