Ivory Coast: COP 15, Jean-Claude Brou announces that the desert is advancing by 5 km every year in the region

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Jean-Claude Brou this Wednesday in Abidjan (ph KOACI)

On the sideline of COP 15 taking place from 9 to 20 May 2022 in Abidjan, Jean-Claude Brouthe President of the Commission ECOWAS, told the press. He announced that desert progress of 5 km each year, and many countries including Côte d’Ivoire have lost between 60 and 80% of their coverage Forest.

“It’s a global challenge. The whole planet is affected. It’s about protecting our planet. It desertification is a phenomenon experienced by humans. Especially men, women in rural areas. that desert progress of 5 km each year. Many countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, have lost between 60 and 80% of their coverage Forest ‘, The President of the Commission stated ECOWAS.

According to him, at this rate, if nothing is done to stop and reverse the trend, it will be a disaster. The process will be increased and intensified. Influences in passing the production capacity in the field of agriculture with impact and consequences for producers’ income, social consequences. It really calls for reversing the trend.

Jean-Claude specified that the causes of this phenomenon are known. Of course, there are climate changes that – unfortunately – affect the developing countries that are least responsible for these climate changes. They pay the highest price. Their production capacity is affected. As well as the ecosystem in which they develop.

“The problems need to be solved internationally and globally. To this end, it is necessary to ensure that the commitments made by stakeholders, in particular the financial commitments of developed countries to support the reforms of developing countries suffering from the effects of climate change, are respected, he added. insists.

There are also other traditional reasons. The use of firewood is one of the behaviors that needs to be changed gradually and progressively. To Jean-Claude Brouthat desertaddiction is mainly caused by human activities which, poorly performed, poorly controlled, adversely affect and aggravate desertwith all the above influences.

“On a level with ECOWAS, almost all countries are affected. that desert in the Sahara is making progress in our sub-region. It is for this reason that every country, practically all the countries, has set up programs to combat desertidentification and contribute to replanting. Through reforestation, measures are being taken to increase coverage Forestsource of life, ”he said.

That ECOWAS coordinates this activity at regional level. It harmonises policies, has a global intervention strategy in this area with the use of more leverage to support efforts to combat desertin the Member States.

“This is the purpose of our presence at this 15th Conference of the Parties, materialized by this position, which is intended to highlight the regional role of this phenomenon … The issue of funding is essential. We need a compensation mechanism to support countries that bear the brunt. “Unfortunately, this compensation mechanism, which everyone agreed on, is rather slow in its implementation,” the President of the Commission explained.

He also pointed out that it is important to involve all actors, first in the countries, in the region, the public sector, the states, because they are the first to implement these policies.

Jean-Claude Brou recognizes that states are doing a great deal by mobilizing sufficient technical and financial resources to combat desertification and strengthen the regeneration of forests, but we must go further.

“The private sector has resources. He is interested in terms of slowing down or even stopping desertinfication with forests returning to their previous level would equate to an increase in production capacity. He would benefit from that. The private sector therefore has an interest. He must also have a role. It must be interested in being part of this global response, ”he argued.

Finally, the President of the Commission considers that all the reforms implemented, e.g. intelligent agriculture, must require intervention from the private sector.

“All replanting and afforestation projects require the private sector, which is the beneficiary”, concluded Jean-Claude Brou.

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