Herat Governor Visits the Land Stabilization Project in Kohsan District - Herat

H.E Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Governor of Herat Province, accompanied by the provincial government officials, visited the land stabilization project supported by UNODC during his visit to Kohsan district on August 26 th 2015.

In a large gathering arranged by the District Governor, the community elders brought up the challenges affecting the people of Kohsan in the area of security, public health, education, roads, agriculture and irrigation.

Mr. Rahimi also toured the Land Stabilization Project in the Noor Abad area of the District along with other officials and the implementing partner of Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN), Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).   The delegation was impressed by the growth and strength of Haloxylon (a hardy drought-tolerant plant) species intended to slow down advance of the moving sand in arid environments. In the desert areas of Central Asia, the Haloxylon forests play an enormous role in combating land degradation. The Haloxylon forest contributes to desertification control in several ways, by stopping the movement of shifting sands, increasing biological productivity of arid areas, restoring degraded pasture and forest, and serving as a source of good firewood.

Mr. Rahimi praised the efforts of the Implementing Partner (DACAAR) and the beneficiary community for the successful establishment of the project. He emphasized that the project will definitely have a positive impact on the lives of the beneficiaries as well amelioration of the environment in the form of erosion control, water retention and enriched flora and fauna. If maintained over a long period of time. 

H.E Governor visiting the Land Stabilization Project site

Mr. Rahimi concluded his tour of the project by expressing his appreciation to Denmark and Finland for their generous financial assistance of US$ 900,000 over a 2-year period (June 2015- May 2017).

Drafted by: MCN-MAIL-UNODC Technical Working Group

Aug 31 st 2015