Dakar, August 1 (APS) – The Senegalese Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development on Sunday again in Dakar called on financial partners and other environmental actors to be involved in rebuilding grassroots production areas and vegetation cover for such as to promote the creation of green and dignified jobs.
“I believe once again in the commitment of the technical and financial partners, private actors, with the aim of restoring the productive bases and our forest cover,” said Abdou Karim Sall, in particular.
He presided over the 38th edition of Tree Day in the Senegalese capital, whose theme was “land restoration, source of jobs and food security”.
“Only at this price will we build our future sustainably in terms of opportunities to create decent green jobs and strengthen the resilience of our ecosystems and our communities,” he said.
“We already need to invest more in land restoration to improve livelihoods, reduce vulnerabilities that contribute to climate change and ensure the recovery of the economy,” Abou Karim Sall insisted.
He insisted that the restoration of degraded land for better productivity was within our reach taking into account “in each of our actions, in our respective fields.”
Thus, he urged all stakeholders to mobilize more for the conservation of our natural heritage.
Beyond its symbolic nature, Arbor Day offers us, on the first Sunday of August each year, a privileged moment of introspection, action but also evaluation of the progress made and projection in the implementation of strategies throughout the country. . , ” He said.
This event, instituted by decree since 1983, is an exceptional opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of forests and land in our economic and social development, he added.
Sall recalled that the celebration of this day calls into question “our conscience, our individual and collective responsibility to consider the productive land as the feeding mother.” Without land, without life and without life, without future “.
According to him, the specific current circumstances, marked by the COVID 19 pandemic, with a proven zoonotic character, invite us to restore harmony in our relationship with nature. “
Productivity and production of agrosystems are increasingly precarious in the face of irrational exploitation of natural resources and climate change, he lamented.
“In our country, degradation affects 34% of the land and causes the deterioration of agro-silvopastoral production systems, undermining the foundations of food security and economic growth,” said Abdou Karim Sall.
Therefore, “the pursuit of sustainable development that is at the heart of our concerns will not be a reality by hiding the issues of sustainable land management, biological diversity and drought,” he argues.
In this regard, the Minister stressed, “Goal 15.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, planned for 2030, to restore degraded land and soils, or affected by drought or floods, to achieve neutrality of land degradation.”
In the same vein, the United Nations system recently launched the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems (2021-2030) to bring together states to protect and restore ecosystems for the benefit of nature and beings. humans.
In this sense, he noted, “significant efforts have been made in our country in favor of the restoration of degraded ecosystems.”
In this sense, “we can point to the strengthening of the legal corpus for the reduction of human pressure on forest resources, the conservation and improvement of biological diversity, the fight against bushfires and illegal logging, the popularization of forest and agro-forestry species resistant to climate change and training and awareness of stakeholders.
The minister noted on this issue this year an unprecedented classification for more than 50 years, by the head of state of 9 new forests as part of the implementation of the green PES.
He considered that the participation of the active margins of the country was crucial for the attainment of the marked objectives “.
“Our country hides an important asset in its youth. Therefore, addressing the issue of participation, but also of youth employment, in the current context is particularly urgent in Senegal,” he suggested.
In terms of opportunities, the environment and sustainable development sector offers important opportunities for job creation.
“Our ambition is to promote green professions that are among the best sources of wealth and job creation,” he added.
According to him, the aim is to fund the vision of the head of state, expressed through the emergency program for the integration and employment of young people “Xeyu Ndaw ñi” which will “ensure the recruitment of at least 10,000 people young.
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