People walk through a bridge in the forests made by man in Makit County, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. In 2012, the local government launched a project to convert around 66,000 hectares of desert on the outskirts of the county in Woods. [Photo of Zhang GUIGUI / for China daily]

An online forum where researchers and experts gathered to discuss how to fight desertification in the countries involved in the initiative of the belt and the road was held on 17 June, which It is also the desertification of the United Nation and Day of the drought.

More than 300 representatives of universities, institutes, companies and international organizations attended the Forum that was carried out by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of the Chinese Academy of Science, the Alliance of International Science Organizations of The science. (Anso) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The main place of the event was established in Korla, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Bai Chunli, former president of CAS and the president of Anso, came to deliver an opening speech for the event. He said that the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of CAS has been assuming the responsibility of preventing desertification throughout the region.

Through bilateral and multilateral collaborations, he has organized research in areas that have vulnerable ecosystems in Central Asia, East Asia, Western Asia and Africa.

He argued that collaborative studies on counter-stification will help spread scientific ideas of preventing desertification among countries involved in the initiative of the belt and road. And that will also help strengthen China's science and technology diplomacy.

Abakar Mahamat Zougoulou, the scientific and technical director of the Pan-Africa Agency of the Great Green Wall (PAGGW), said the main problems and urgent actions. In front of the Xinjiang region and more globally, the Taklimakan desert is a classic example similar to the Arid and Hiper-Arid Regions of Sahel and Sahara. And the similarities require that PAGGW collaborate with the institutions in Xinjiang to carry out joint efforts against desertification.

also requested China's support to African countries in terms of restoration of land, agricultural development and promotion of agricultural value chains.


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