Environmental issues in Eritrea
Eritrea faces environmental issues such as continued deforestation, desertification, soil erosion, overgrazing, and significant land loss as a result of the presence of hundreds of thousands of land mines.
Significant strides towards sustainability and environmental recovery have been made by the Government of Eritrea. The Eritrean Government has embarked on a program to reforest Eritrea (which in 1900 was 30% forested land, despite heavy logging) and prevent wood from being used as a fuel source.
In addition to its terrestrial responsibilities, the government of Eritrea, with the assistance of the UN Development Program has enacted a Coastal Marine and Island Biodiversity Conservation Project which is designed to protect the entire coastal zone of Eritrea. This is the first project of its kind in scope and magnitude in the world. This program is meant to create a sustainable environment for coming generations.
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