GL&SC completes Outreaches in observance of World Day to Combat Desertification, 2016
Georgetown, Guyana – (July 28, 2016) Guyana joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Day to Combat Desertification under the theme ‘Protect Earth, Restore Land, Engage People’ in June 2016.
The issue of Land Degradation concerns all Guyanese since it affects landscape functions, land productivity and ecosystems services. To get involved, the public is advised to engage in the following simple actions:
1) Avoid unnecessary clearance of vegetative cover. Engage in replanting projects to prevent erosion and loss of soil. One of the greatest threats is the loss of productive land which also affects food security.
2) Avoid pollution of the land and waterways. Properly dispose all garbage! Freshwater resources are important for household, agricultural and recreational use and such pollution contaminates the water affecting access and supply.
3) Collaborate and consult with the regional authorities and offer your service to improve your community’s environment.
4) Educate yourself on the effects of land degradation and improper land use.
As the custodian of public lands, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission has been vibrant over the years in its role as the National Focal Point Agency to promote sustainable land management and supporting land reclamation. Most recently, Guyana’s Aligned National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Land Degradation was approved by Cabinet and UNCCD for implementation. The Aligned NAP was developed under a Project that was implemented by the Commission with support from the United Nations Development Programme and funding from the Global Environment Facility.
For copies of the Aligned National Action Plan to Combat Land Degradation, visit the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission’s, Head Office at 22 Upper Hadfield Street Durban Backlands, Georgetown Guyana or download a copy from the website at www.lands.gov.gy.