(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman, June 17 (Petra)-Ministry of Environment is scheduled to take part in the celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which falls on June 17 annually, under the theme: "Reforming Ecosystems: Lands, Recovery, A Healthy Land to Build Better."
This effort aims to advance measures to conserve and restore natural ecosystems in par with recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, said a ministry statement on Thursday.
This year's celebration also focuses on efforts to renew fertility of degraded lands, promote land restoration, create job opportunities and contribute to raising incomes and increasing food security, added the statement.
To achieve this goal, the celebration focuses on conserving biodiversity that helps climate recovery through carbon absorption, in which greenhouse gas emissions lead to global warming and slows climate change, noted the statement.
In his interview with " Petra," Environment Minister, Nabil Masarweh, said desertification means " degradation of land in arid, semi-arid, dry and semi-humid areas, which is primarily the result of human activities and climatic changes."
Desertification, he noted, does not refer to desert expansion, because dryland ecosystems that cover more than a third of the world's land area are highly vulnerable to overexploitation and inappropriate land use.
Poverty, political instability, deforestation, fires, overgrazing and poor irrigation practices could also lead to undermining land productivity, he pointed out.
At the national level, he said the national reforestation project, launched by Ministry of Environment, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, aims to plant 10 million forest trees, and "a clear" indicator of Jordan's "absolute" belief in the importance and necessity of increasing green areas in non-forest areas.
To conserve eco-systems, the minister stressed the Ministry of Environment's keenness to raise Jordanians'' awareness on environmental issues, mobilize political will and resources to address national and global environmental problems.
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