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    Katsina Partners Mercy Corps to Combat Rising Desertification through Tree Planting

    In its effort to tackle the rising desertification and effects of climate change in the state, the Katsina State Government, in collaboration with Mercy Corps, has announced plans to commence planting 10 million trees in the next three years.

    In its effort to tackle the rising desertification and effects of climate change in the state, the Katsina State Government, in collaboration with Mercy Corps, has announced plans to commence planting 10 million trees in the next three years.

    The state commissioner for environment, Musa Adamu, disclosed this at an event to mark 2024 World Environment Day with the theme ‘Our Land, Our Future’, organized by Mercy Corps with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).

    Adamu, represented by the Director of Climate Change in the Ministry, Dr. Yusuf Gide, pointed out that the state government is committed to ensuring a sustainable environment through tree planting in order to promote the provision of oxygen and improve air quality, climate, water, and soil conservation.

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    He admonished residents of the state, particularly those in urban cities, to inculcate the habit of tree planting and proper dumping of waste to halt desertification and other environmental-related challenges, warning that human activities were causing global warming and climate change, which affect not only the environment but even human beings and other living organisms.

    Also speaking was the Senior Programme Manager for the Mercy Corps, Mr. Philip Ikita, who disclosed that the planet is facing unprecedented challenges with climate change, deforestation, and unsustainable land use practices, leading to devastating consequences, including land degradation, desertification, and droughts.

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    He warned the residents of the state against desertification in order to combat climate change and preserve the state’s ecosystem. While urging farmers and herders in the state to live in peace with one another and inculcate the habit of tree planting in their environment, Ikita said the major factor posing a threat to the environment was desertification.

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