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More than 26 percent of the national territory is protected by law and the country is already implementing plans, public policy, and specific actions for land restoration.
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Published Monday, June 14, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services


As host of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day, Costa Rica will bring together world leaders and leading environmental figures on Thursday, June 17,  to rally political support to ramp up land restoration globally in the coming decade.

"For Costa Rica, it is important to use its leadership, and it must do so, to bring many partners together and to be able to raise its voice on this issue,” President Alvarado said. "Everything is interconnected in today's world. In cities, the desertification issue may be seen as something remote. But what happens in rural areas, the loss of those arable areas means more pressure on the world's food systems and less food for all and all or less carbon-sequestering forests.”

The Forum is part of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day celebrations organized jointly with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, UNCCD.

The virtual high-level forum will address the importance of international cooperation and solidarity in the context of global efforts to restore balance with nature and promote peace while fighting climate change and ensuring human health.

Costa Rica is hosting the global celebration this year and will show the impacts and solutions for this problem in a televised talk show program to be aired the same day. 

The summit will be broadcast on local Channel 13, which is the official government channel, as well as on the Ministry of Environment Facebook page.

The goal for this year’s Desertification and Drought Day is to demonstrate that investing in sustainable land and water management in the aftermath of covid-19 can invigorate a green recovery, in terms of creating decent jobs and rebuilding livelihoods, but also in protecting societies and economies from potential crises caused by climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation.

In the forum, Costa Rican authorities will highlight how the country has implemented public policies and actions to protect nature for decades and was the first tropical country to halt and reverse deforestation and forest degradation.

According to the United Nations, forests cover more than 54 percent of Costa Rican territory today and meet the daily needs of thousands of people. More than 26 percent of the national territory is protected by law and the country is already implementing plans, public policy, and specific actions for land restoration.

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What should the government do to balance the use of land? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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