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UN calls to rehabilitate degraded lands in favor of food security

UN calls to rehabilitate degraded lands in favor of food security

United Nations, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) United Nations agencies called on the entire world to rehabilitate at least one billion hectares of degraded land by 2030 in order to guarantee food security and prevent future catastrophes.
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A report by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) suggested that humanity is using about 1.6 times more services than nature can provide sustainably.

Both organizations said that as many as 420 million hectares of forests have been lost from 1990 to date, and countries are not making enough progress to fulfill their promises of increasing the world´s total forest areas by 3 percent by 2030.

‘Conservation efforts alone are not enough to prevent large-scale ecosystem collapse and loss of biodiversity,’ warned UNEP and FAO, while underlining the emergency for nations to reprogram their recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.

They also noted the need to cut mass subsidies to carbon and fossil fuel-related sectors, while planting forests.

UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen and FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu indicated that land degradation already affects the well-being of 3.2 billion people (40 percent of the world´s population).


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