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South Sudan vows commitment to find a solution to desertification

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June 26, 2013 (JUBA)- South Sudan will do its best to ensure solutions to issues of desertification, land degradation, drought yield and to provide positive results for local communities, pledged environment minister on Tuesday.

"The Ministry of Environment and Agriculture together with Water and Forestry has been working particularly hard to help our communities and farmers to cope with the challenges posed by climatic variability and the harsh environment of this country", said the minister of environment, Alfred Lado Gore in a speech delivered a the celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification event on Tuesday.

"We are convinced that this must be the way forward for us to protect ourselves from the scourge of desertification, land degradation and drought," he added.

Gore said the National Action Programme, which aims to implement the provisions of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is currently under development and will build on the successes and challenges experienced through the Country Pilot Partner (CPP) Programme.

The minister enumerated some achievements from the programme, citing the establishment of new and innovative approaches to agriculture such as conservation farming, as well as community-driven approaches to sustainable land management and community-based rangeland management practices.

He pointed out that communities have also been supported to develop enterprises from the sustainable management of natural resources. More than 6 million south Sudan pounds is required to be invested in such projects through the CPP Programme.

In spite of all these areas of progress, the minister raised the concern that Government is very much aware of the challenges the country faces. South Sudan experiences drought in 2012, resulting into the huge livestock losses and human suffering.

"I reassure you that the Ministry of Environment and partner ministries in close and full co-operation with our partners and communities are committed to finding lasting solutions to this complex challenge. The long-term sustainable management of our lands will be the key to process and we look forward to implementing new solutions that will emanate from collective efforts", he said.

The conservancy is dominated by cattle farming in a semi-arid area, which is relatively big considering that there are around 13 million heads of cattle. As a result, the area suffers from severe overgrazing and is therefore a perfect study site for land degradation and desertification questions.

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  • 27 June 2013 07:35, by George Bol

    We say things and for minutes, we fail to implement them.
    How to you want to help communities to cope with climate change? we did not hear rather then just said it. To me, we are in a big problem because talking is more than action in the way I saw things at the movement in our country.

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  • 27 June 2013 07:40, by Tura Acuse

    Hon. Minister Alfred Lado Gore, I admire your leadership and I actualluy voted for you in 2010 general election but wonder why you been silent for all this years and u are a man who can do something and even to react with some of stupid doing by the CE governor plus his president Kiir Mayardit. Wake up Alfred Lado Gore.

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    • 27 June 2013 08:12, by valentinoakec@yahoo.com

      Dear Hon. Minister Alfred Lado, the Ministry need to do much to find an alternative for the charcoal which is highly used in South Sudan as a source of cooking, this charcoal making is degrading the environment, you can imagine the number of trees cut daily by those involved in the charcoal production business, this needs to be stopped but with a viable alternative such as gas.

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  • 27 June 2013 09:12, by Fundamental Change icon

    Bravo Prof.Alfred Ladu Gore for the excellent work done so far.I have no single doubt in ur strength and capability.That is what we call ’fine brain @ work’.
    By the way when are you declaring your ambition to run for the presidency? The public is inpatient to hear you make public declarations for ur undisputed quest for the top seat.
    FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE OYEE.LONG LIVE GORE,LONG LIVE RSS.

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  • 27 June 2013 09:13, by Fundamental Change icon

    Bravo Prof.Alfred Ladu Gore for the excellent work done so far.I have no single doubt in ur strength and capability.That is what we call ’fine brain @ work’.
    By the way when are you declaring your ambition to run for the presidency? The public is inpatient to hear you make public declarations for ur undisputed quest for the top seat.
    FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE OYEE.LONG LIVE GORE,LONG LIVE RSS.

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    • 27 June 2013 09:46, by Tutbol

      And this is why it worths having a refinery in our country as a stop-gap, so our people can use a rebated kerosine to assuage our current surges of our peoples degrading of our environments, while we will continue to look for ways to protect our environments as everybody else.

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  • 27 June 2013 17:26, by Magak

    talks help those who want to help themselves event if we talk and do some actions and cannot sensitizes our communities allover the countryside in-vain
    Let give societal awareness priority in our country to achieves sustainability in anythings any department.

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