Recovery pathways to address desertification and drought


World over land degradation and desertification remains a threat to the natural environment. Zimbabwe being a party of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, is committed to address the effects at local level.

In a statement to observe the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Mangaliso Ndhlovu revealed the national commitments to curb desertification and drought in the country.

“The recovery strategies for the country, have been put in place under the new National Development Strategy 1 (2021 – 2025), our first national five year strategy which fits well with Agenda 2030 and United Nations decade on Ecosystems restoration.”
According to the government has put in place mechanisms to restore over one million hectares of degraded land and at time reducing areas burnt across the country.

“The country has set targets of restoring over one million hectares of degraded wetlands and reducing total national burnt area to below one million hectares each year.”

Some of the programmed implemented include drought mitigation conservation agriculture, renewable energy, and poverty alleviation programme.

“The country is implementing a number of national programmes as part of the local action to support the UNCCD strategy 2018 to 2030. Some of the programmes include drought mitigation through adoption of conservation agriculture, renewable energy, and poverty alleviation programme for provision of alternative livelihoods aimed at relieving pressure on natural resources, promotion of circular economy to reduce degradation of landscape by solid waste among others.”


Tendai Guvamombe
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