April 11, 2011

Symposium of Ministry of Land, Water and Environment opens in Barentu

Barentu, April 11, 2011 – The symposium of the Ministry of Land, Water and Environment opened today in Barentu town. In an opening speech, the Minister of Land, Water and Environment, Mr. Tesfai Gebreslasie, that the Eritrean government’s development strategy serves the demands and aspirations of present and future generations.

Noting that the challenges affecting biodiversity and ecological balance are numerous, Mr. Tesfai underlined the necessity of avoiding negative agricultural practices, unjustified urbanization and industrial activities that expose a given nation to rapid climate change, soil erosion, desertification, inadequate rainfall and the depletion of water resources are as a matter of priority.The Minister explained that instances of delay witnessed in addressing public requests over the past couple of years stemmed from the need to make thorough study that obviously entails certain span of time. In this regard, Mr. Tesfai said that the tasks undertaken in the domains of soil and water conservation, promotion of reserve areas for the conservation of biodiversity, guidelines and control measures for preventing unlawful land seizure constitute some of the major endeavors made towards ensuring sound resource management.

He further explained that practicing economical and effective use of land resources, improving farming methods, applying control measures against illegal activities in this regard, strengthening land management, speeding up the process of national cartography in connection with land use, controlling deforestation, wildlife poaching and the like are imperatives for concerted action.

Presentation of study papers is also underway on land holding system, allocation and use of land, identification of water potentials, provision and use of water resources, conservation of natural resources, the state of biodiversity in the country, climate change and its impact in Eritrea, the work of the Cadastre Office and the like.

Meanwhile, an exhibition is being staged highlighting the accomplishments made so far regarding the challenges encountered and the achievements registered by the Ministry towards realizing the set goals and action programs mapped out over the past 20 years since Independence.

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