The draft decree, presented by the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, is part of reviving the Green Dam. It also provides for the creation of a permanent mechanism responsible for the preparation, implementation and ongoing monitoring of this operation.
This coordination body is conceived as a catalyst in the development, implementation and assessment of a national programme to combat desertification, mitigate drought and revive the Green Dam.
Besides, this body is in line with the Government's policy of decompartmentalization of sectors in order to ensure the necessary coherence in the development and management of public policies.
According to the minister's presentation, combating desertification is in fact a fight against poverty, through the protection of natural resources, adaptation to climate change, integrated rural development and the promotion of the forestry economy for the benefit of sustainable domestic development as the basis of food security.