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International Symposium on Desertification and Sand and Dust Storms

On the 3rd of July, HSF staff Min Jae Baek and Hannah Schiff joined the International Symposium on Desertification and Sand and Dust Storms at the National Institute of Forest Science. At the symposium, experts and organizations came together to share their knowledge, research, and projects fighting against desertification, sand and dust storms (SDS).

The symposium was opened by Deputy Minister of KFS, President of NIoFS, and a representative of National Forest and Grassland Administration in China as well as by the director general of the National Forest Agency in Mongolia. They shared their gratitude for the organization of the symposium and their wishes for a successful collaboration and future partnerships.


Louisa Karika gave a more general overview of the UNCCDs work. She presents projects in the Asian-Pacific region. 112 countries have been voluntarily adapting targets and strategies to fight climate change whereas 151 countries are and will be affected by the SDS.

Experts and researchers have shared their knowledge and insights about regions being affected by desertification and SDS. Speakers like Kong Xian Ji, Dr. Pang Ying Jun, and Ki Hyong Park spoke about projects and issues of SDS in China. 18 provinces in China suffer from consequences of desertification and SDS, which is why there are many projects for activism and greening areas, like Beijing-Tianjiao, Baotou-Lanzhou Railway and the Three-north-shelterbelt

Online contributions were made by Dr. German Kust and Tatiana Kuderina sharing about dust storms and their consequences in Russia. They urge people to think about these topics and solution findings on a regional level, especially in big countries such as Russia.

Dr. Oyunsanaa Byambasuren presents policies related issues in Mongolia. He starts by stating that climate change and its effects are stronger in Mongolia than in other countries and is thankful for the UNCCD  effort in fighting SDS with measures and organizing policies with the help of a committee. Dr. Mamdakh Nyamtseren presented her research in which she sought to find the correlation between SDS and poverty, life expectancy of rural populations, populations with diseases of respiratory organs, and road density. According to the results all, except life expectancy have a positive correlation.

The symposium finished with a panel discussion, consisting of experts representing the regions in NEA. Wishes and hopes for further collaborations were shared, and everyone is very motivated to keep raising awareness and working together on a regional and international level.

HSF wants to thank the NIoFS again for the invitation to this interesting symposium.