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B. EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS:

Algeria supported 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.