Authorities in Botswana on Monday bemoaned that desertification is affecting the country’s rural populations’ livelihood.

The impact on grazing lands and forest resources caused by the expansion of the livestock and wildlife herds and the continual occurrence of droughts are significant rural development planning issues, said Thato Raphaka, permanent secretary of the environment ministry at an event to celebrate World Desertification Day in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana.

“We often use land as if it were a limitless resource ignoring its role in our everyday lives. This negligence threatens food and water supply, biodiversity and even human security itself,” warned Raphaka.

He said short-sighted economic gains such as land grabbing, unplanned urban sprawl, and unsustainable agricultural practices and over exploitation lead to unsustainable land use that eventually causes degradation and loss of critical ecosystems services. Enditem


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