18.12.2018

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Soil erosion and the excessive application of herbicides have severely harmed the environment. Recently introduced pastoralism is untypical for the region and has prevented a reforestation, the organisation claims.

However, experts maintain that reforestation is needed to enhance the soil’s water retention capacity, which would make it easier to cope with dry periods. But afforestation is not attractive for the farmers since it takes much longer before a forest can be used than a pasture. Farmers therefore receive an ecosystem dividend for the first ten years to compensate for yield loss. Later on, they are to make a living with sustainable forestry. (BMZ/roro/wi)

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