Sunday, March 31, 2013

Event - UNCCD Scientific Conference on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought

The Third Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-3) with the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought and the Eleventh Session of the Committee for the Review of Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11) will take place from 9-19 April 2013, at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany.

The issue of encroaching deserts has become urgent because of renewed droughts that have plunged millions into poverty in Africa’s Sahel belt last year and in East Africa the year before.

The scientific meeting is scheduled to take place under the UN's global desertification convention which is known by the acronym CCD. There 193 countries that have signed on will be meeting to address the issues related to water scarcity. The Conference theme is, “Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas.” At CST S-3 scientists, governments and civil society organizations are to carry out the first ever comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of desertification, land degradation and drought.

This event is organized by GRF Davos under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The agenda of CST S-3 includes a focus on the refinement of the impact indicators to be used to assess the direction of change in land productivity and livelihoods. Also, for the very first time, governments will provide concrete data on the status of poverty and of land cover in the areas affected by desertification in their countries.

Immediately following these meetings, the Eleventh Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11) will take place at the same venue from 15-19 April. The same will be preceded by regional meetings preparatory to the CRIC11.

For documentation about the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, including the program, short and extended abstracts and live streaming click here.

For the official documentation about CST S-3, including the meeting times and agenda click here

For the official documentation about CRIC 11, including the meeting times and agenda click here.

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