BEIJING, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The sixth Kubuqi International Desert Forum was held last July 28-30, 2017 in the Kubuqi Desert in Ordos, Inner Mongolia to promote and share the experience of combating desertification. Participants from other countries witnessed the successful practices of Kubuqi's desertification control and were offered better understanding of the Kubuqi Model.
Effective Systematic Planning and Globally Popular Model
Kubuqi Model is the name card for China's desertification efforts. With government policy support, industrial investment, market-oriented participation of farmers and herdsmen and sustainable ecological improvement as Kubuqi's core pillars, the model has been praised by the UN Environment Programme for being an "eco-pioneer" in greening the world thanks to its success in ecological restoration.
Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, shared that many countries along the Belt and Road Initiative suffered desertification and that good design plays a key role in helping China create the Kubuqi Model. He also said that with joint efforts, the public and private sectors have introduced an innovative mode for desertification control. It empowers the land with greater productivity, contributes to a sustainable development, and creates more employment opportunities." I'm very glad to witness the real achievements Kubuqi solution has secured." he added.
The Indonesian Economic and Industrial Committee Chairman Bachir gave Kubuqi a thumbs-up for the practice of raising sheep under photovoltaic panels. He expressed appreciation to the local businesses for their ecosystem design and believes that Kubuqi's comprehensive desertification control experiences should be shared for the benefit of the international community.
Prof. Atsushi Tsunekawa from Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University in Japan, said it was urgent for countries along the Belt and Road Initiative to cooperate over ecological restoration. He suggested to conduct risk assessment for environmental and sustainable development, and the successful practices of the Kubuqi Model should be used as one reference.
Kubuqi Brings Hope
Desert control is a worldwide problem and the Kubuqi Desert is the first desert in the world to achieve large-scale successful control.
The success of Kubuqi Model relies mainly on increasing local people's income in the greening efforts via the combination of ecology and industry, enterprise development and ecological management. These efforts will expand oases and happiness while reducing desert and poverty.
Prof. Victor Squire from the University of Adelaide, Australia, said the Kubuqi International Desert Forum had prompted people in all areas to think about desertification, and that the Kubuqi Model has made it impossible to find just one solution to the challenge by showing that land users are both part of the problem and part of the solution. This model also provides a way for transformation which gives us hope.
After the forum ended, experts believed the forum let participants see that Kubuqi's concept of green development and experiences of sustainable development can offer fundamental solutions to help peaceful development of the desertification regions involving over 2 billion people globally. Many guests are looking forward to the 13th General Assembly of the Contracting Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, which will be held in Ordos and might bring together more unique solutions and richer consensus. The ecological development in countries along the Belt and Road Initiative need both Chinese solutions as well as China being one sharing platform.
To find out more about the Kubuqi International Desert Forum, please visit http://en.kubuqiforum.dycw.com/
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