Intelligent Land Use Seeks to Make Headway in Latin America
Estimations show that 50 percent of agricultural land could be affected by desertification in Latin America and the Caribbean
Consumers can be allies in curbing desertification in Latin America, where different initiatives are being promoted to curtail it, such as sustainable land management, progress towards neutrality in land degradation or the incorporation of the bioeconomy.
On Jun. 15, the second phase of a Sustainable Land Management (SLM) project, promoted by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Ecuador’s Environment Ministry, will be launched with funding from South Korea. The plan promotes the strengthening of the capacity of communities affected by degradation. In the first phase 348,000 dollars were invested.
Juan Calle López, of the FAO office in Ecuador, told IPS from Quito that the project’s aim is “to improve the capacity of local community and institutional actors, to address and implement SLM in degraded landscapes.”
This also applies in Latin America and the Caribbean, where it is estimated that 50 percent of agricultural land could be affected by desertification.
In this region, “13 percent of the population lives on degraded lands, which varies from country to country…in Guyana only two percent of the population lives on degraded land,” said the UNCCD regional coordinator.