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  • Published on: 21 Sep 2011
  • Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
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Speech by Minister Heidi Hautala at the High-level meeting on addressing desertification in the con-text of sustainable development and poverty eradication
Following is part of the speech from Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development of Finland on high-level meeting on addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the con-text of sustainable development and poverty eradication, New York, 20 September 2011:

Finland considers the decision taken by UNCCD COP 8 as a landmark step forward in the imple-mentation of the Convention. The objectives contribute to reaching the overall goals of sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals. The UNCCD objectives also strengthen the goals of other Rio conventions, and enhance the complementarity and synergies between them at local, national and global levels.

Poverty can lead to land degradation and even desertification. The Governments of countries fac-ing such risks have the responsibility to reduce poverty in the affected areas. Support to small-scale farming communities and their empowerment are pre-requisites to preventing land degradation and desertification.

Finland is currently supporting a number of international programmes dealing with sustainable land management, agriculture and forest management and mitigation of climate change. These include FAO activities on forests in a changing climate, on making agriculture part of the solution to climate change, as well as on integrating agroforestry practices in rural livelihoods in Africa in order to support communities? capabilities to adapt to the effects of climate change.

Growing human population leads to scarcity of productive land, and land degradation makes the situation worse. At the same time, growing demand for food, fodder, bio-energy and natural raw materials may increase investment opportunities for dryland products and services, if the right enabling environment and incentives are in place and environmental safeguards are respected.

Rio+20 fostering the measurability of UNCCD implementation by quantitative target setting. Role of the international community at global level in achieving zero net global land degradation through means of prevention, land rehabilitation and reclamation:
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