Professor Ernest Amano Boateng, Chairman of the Environmental Protection Council of Ghana, said on Saturday (3 May) that the encroachment of deserts onto fertile land is the main environmental problem facing the world today.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: NEWSMAN: "Sir, what would you say has been the most significant achievement of this conference?"
PROFESSOR BOATENG: "I think we have this year, more than at any previous session, managed to achieve a more balanced programme for our future activities. I think also that the general organisation of the conference has been much smoother, there has been much greater co-operation and understanding among delegates and A I think that we are now in a position as a united body to make an assault on the problems of the environment."
NEWSMAN: "And the most major problem of that environment at the moment, sir?"
PROFESSOR BOATENG: "We are very much concerned with the problem of desertification which is a live issue which has affected millions of people, particularly in Africa, and we intend to tackle this, coupled of course, with the problem of water...quantity-wise and quality-wise".
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Background: Professor Ernest Amano Boateng, Chairman of the Environmental Protection Council of Ghana, said on Saturday (3 May) that the encroachment of deserts onto fertile land is the main environmental problem facing the world today.
Speaking at the end of the third session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Professor Boateng -- who is Vice-President of the Council -- said the problems of water supply are of vital importance to stop and reverse the trend.
The Council decided to provide 500,000 dollars (about 220,000 pounds sterling) to support the programme and preparations for the U.N. Conference on Desertification to be held in 1977.
It also allocated three times that amount to the budget of HABITAT -- the U.N. Conference on Human Settlements planned for 1976.
Among other decisions reached during the two-and-a-half week meeting was one to hold a second Conference on the Human Environment not earlier than 1980. The first such conference was held in Stockholm in 1972 and resulted in, among other things, the foundation of UNEP.