The issue of improving the land and soil monitoring system is definitely relevant. Having proper information about land and soil condition allows for its protection, effective management and sustainable use.
This was announced by Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi during a meeting of the working group of the Ukrainian Soil Partnership Association on the improvement of land and soil monitoring and achieving a land degradation neutrality.
"Currently, information on the state of land and the spread of certain types of degradation processes in Ukraine is collected by various monitoring entities using different methodologies. Therefore, it is extremely problematic to compare them, to spatially identify the affected areas and in general the share of degraded lands of the country, " said Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi.
He noted that the GEF / FAO project "Integrated Natural Resources Management in Degraded Landscapes in the Forest-Steppe and Steppe Zones of Ukraine" is currently being implemented in Ukraine, with the Ministry Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine being the main beneficiary.
“As part of the project, we must improve the system of land and soil monitoring, as well as contribute to achieving a land degradation neutrality through the implementation of certain national objectives. In the context of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, 123 more countries, along with Ukraine, has been involved in this process, " the Deputy Minister said, adding that the Ministry is open to cooperation with stakeholders in this area.