Dakar, June 5 (APS) – Experts and officials stressed the importance of ecosystem restoration on Saturday, World Environment Day.
Environmental expert Dr. Sara Danielle Dieng stressed the importance of restoring ecosystems to avoid predicted extinctions in biodiversity.
“Combining restoration with the reversal of natural ecosystems could help prevent the 60% of biodiversity extinctions predicted,” he said.
Dr Dieng spoke on the occasion of the celebration of World Environment Day: “Ecosystem restoration: what issues, challenges and prospects for Senegal”.
According to her, this restoration can capture up to 30% of the carbon released into the atmosphere by the industrial revolution.
Our ecosystems are deteriorating. “Today, there is an urgent need to do more to maintain them.”
According to her, if we refer to the statistics of the government platform for biodiversity, three quarters of the terrestrial environment and 66% of the marine environment have been significantly modified by human activity.
He stressed that these degradations are seriously affecting populations that have already been severely affected by the scourge of poverty.
Dr. Dieng considered that all ecosystems should be restored and this year’s theme “calls for the participation of all in individual, community, national, etc.
For the Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Dr. Bienvenu Sambou, “the choice of this year’s theme is one of the most relevant.”
“We are talking about restoring ecosystems that are extremely important to us in the sense that they provide us with a lot,” he said.
According to him, without these ecosystems, humanity will no longer have a reason to exist, because it plays an extremely important role in carbon sequestration.
Unfortunately, they are in a state of repeated degradation. “Our intellectual responsibility is to work collectively and individually on this,” he said.
For his part, the former executive secretary of Enda Third World and environmental expert, Mass L το, called for putting the environment at the heart of its “inclusive and sustainable development” principle.
In the case of Senegal, he felt it was time to take a “break with bad practices and see what ecological cultures have to offer to reuse them.”
“According to studies, 350 million hectares need to be rehabilitated worldwide with a fund of $ 1,000 billion and it is Africa that has the resources to sell for this purpose,” he added.
“We are convinced that the restoration of the ecosystem is helping to reduce poverty through the alternative activities it creates,” said Chérif Hibib Aïdara, a spokesman for the High Council of Local Authorities.
This restoration “not only helps prevent, reverse and mitigate climate change, but also prevents the mass extinction of humans and other species,” he said.
According to him, restoration must be effective everywhere, as well as in cities as well as in the rural world, taking various forms and taking into account local peculiarities.
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