South Africa celebrates World Day to Combat Desertification
By Henry Booysen
18 June 2008
On Tuesday South Africa celebrated World Day to combat Desertification. According to Mava Scott from the department of Environmental Affairs, the day is important to South Africans, because with desertification, no crops can be grown.
“This year’s theme “Combating Land Degradation for Sustainable Agriculture” highlights the importance of sustainable agriculture in preserving biodiversity and the well being of our citizens,” says Scott.
He elaborated that Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Rejoice Mabudhafasi said that government needs to join with different sectors and stakeholders so that awareness can be made in the fight against desertification through measures such as environmental and development programmes.