B. EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS:
Senegal's earlier call for an international training centre
headquartered in Africa. The centre would train scientific,
technical and management personnel and develop programmes for
training institutions. Algeria offered to host this centre.
Malaysia emphasized the need to address the sustainable management
and use of natural resources and the use of extension services.
Tanzania called for sustained public awareness measures. Ghana
stated that a public awareness strategy should use a network
approach and begin with the aspirations of the people. Togo said
public awareness should take into account local realities and the
need to address poverty that leads to migration and refugees. Saudi
Arabia said media-initiated public awareness should target
peasants, women and children. As well, school curricula should
include issues on drought and desertification. World Vision
International (Mali), on behalf of the NGOs, stressed the
importance of rural community education, community radio
broadcasting and primary education.