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Côte d’Ivoire: COP15 commits to restoring one billion hectares of degraded land by 2030

AA / Abidjan / Fulbert Yao

Started on May 9, COP15 ended on Friday May 20 in Abidjan, with around thirty commitments, including that of “accelerating the restoration of one billion hectares of degraded land by 2030 by improving the collection and monitoring of data,” reads the final statement released at the end of the conference.

COP15 also undertakes to “strengthen resilience to drought by identifying the expansion of arid zones”, to “combat sand and dust storms and other risks of growing disasters” or even to “address to forced migration and displacement caused by desertification and land degradation”

Future meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and its subsidiary bodies, will be held in Saudi Arabia (COP16 in 2024), Mongolia (COP17 in 2026) and in Uzbekistan (Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention in 2023).

With more than 7,000 participants, the presence of 196 countries and the European Union, the distribution of 4,000 articles in 40 languages ​​in 120 countries around the world, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Ibrahima Thiaw, described the Cop15 of Abidjan as “exceptional”.

For Ibrahima Thiaw, the issue of land restoration is crucial for humanity because 40% of the planet is already degraded and 1/4 of greenhouse emissions comes from land degradation.

“If we restore the land, we reduce the emissions (of CO2) and we bring them back into the ground,” he said during the closing press conference.

The Ivorian Alain Richard Donwahi, president of COP15, pledged “to accelerate the implementation of the decisions taken”.

“During these two years, we will make sure to be able to echo the decisions that will have been taken here. Ensure that the issue of desertification is taken to the highest level. To ensure that, in the face of global challenges, we can move closer to a sustainable and prosperous future (…)” because “there is an obligation of results” on the part of all the stakeholders, he said. he declared, during the press conference.

During the closing ceremony, the Ivorian Prime Minister, Patrick Achi, invited “all the parties to demonstrate efficiency and speed in the implementation of the projects already identified and those which will emerge tomorrow, in order to improve significantly the well-being of the populations of the sub-region and, by extension, of that of the continent and the whole world”.

He welcomed “all the technical and financial partners, as well as the donors, who have agreed to support Côte d’Ivoire in the implementation of the “Heritage of Abidjan Program”, by committing to a financing of more than 2.5 billion dollars over 5 years against 1.5 billion dollars expected.

Note that COP15 took place around the central theme: “Lands. Lives. Heritage: from a precarious world to a prosperous future”.

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