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BERLIN, Sept. 6, Xinhua -- United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) deputy executive secretary Pradeep Monga complimented China and Chinese government in taking a leadership role and setting a very good example in the combat against desertification, in an interview with Xinhua.

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Aerial photo taken on Aug. 17, 2017 shows mulberry trees (L) planted on the desert in Jinghe County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Jinghe County has carried out shelter forests program at the north edge of the desert since 2013, and nearly 20,000 mu (1,300 hectares) mulberry trees have been planted. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Monga made the remarks in the UNCCD headquarters based in the German city Bonn in the lead up to the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UNCCD which kicked off Wednesday in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.

The UNCCD official believed that by hosting the COP 13, China and Chinese government has shown leadership, and besides, China has taken various successful initiatives in preventing and controlling desertification.

Among those initiatives, Monga was most impressed by a private sector model led by China's energy company Elion in carrying out land restoration experiment in Kubuqi desert, Inner Mongolia. "I could witness greening the desert is happening. Seeing is believing," Monga said.

Monga also commended the use of biotechnologies such as mycorrhiza, or juncao technology, in combating desertification in China, saying it is an eco-innovation and also an affordable way of preventing and controlling land degradation.

Government support to make all these things happen as well as a legal and institutional framework are also the keys to China's success in this field, Monga told Xinhua.

"China has shown business model works and private sector model can be successful, before that we need laws in place and policies," he said. China is among the earliest countries to set up a legal framework on the prevention and control of desertification.

Monga believed China showed a good example "on both the legal side and on the implementation side to showcase to all countries in the world that desertification can be arrested and combating desertification can lead to multiple economic, social and environmental benefits."

ORDOS, September 7 -- The opening ceremony of the Thirteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China on 6 September 2017. Zhang Jianlong, Administrator of State Forestry Administration of China made a speech at the conference, and he was also nominated as the Chairman of this Session.

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Mr. Zhang expressed that with the great endeavor of UNCCD Secretariat and all Parties, the cause of combating desertification has been promoted smoothly since the adoption of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 23 years ago, and it has made great contribution to the environmental protection. He called on further and more effective actions on combating desertification worldwide. He also mentioned that China has set its target of reducing all of its deserted areas by 50 percent by 2020.

By Xin Shuyu

 

ORDOS, September 6 -- Zhang Jianlong, Administrator of State Forestry Administration of China, met with Gerhard Dieterle, Executive Director of International Tropical Timber Organization(ITTO) on 6 September 2017 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

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INNER MOGOLIA, September 5 -- Zhang Jianlong, Administrator of State Forestry Administration of China met with Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Ordos, southwest of China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on September 5, 2017.

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ORDOS, September 6 -- The thirteen session of the UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP 13), the sixteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC16), and the thirteenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST13) were held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China from 4-15 September 2017. The high-level segment is scheduled on 11 and 12 September 2017.

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