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Why UNESCO is important for addressing DLDD ?
The implementation of program-oriented action in the dryland regions of the world, especially in the fields of research, education, training, awareness raising, policy and advocacy and capacity building, like the project SUMAMAD, contributes to improve the understanding and to raise awareness about the effects of desertification, land degradation and drought as well as the benefits of sustainable land management.
Such projects aim at reversing desertification and land degradation as well as mitigating the effects of drought at the global, regional, national and local levels.
How UNESCO is collaborating with the UNCCD secretariat ?
The cooperation UNCCD and UNESCO aims at strengthening collaboration between countries affected by desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) taking into account south-south cooperation. It further aims at increasing awareness and fostering an advocated approach on the development and implementation of policies and measures based on experiences, lessons learnt and technological and scientific research that contribute to addressing DLDD.

UNCCD secretariat and UNESCO target coordinated and cooperative focus on educational, scientific and cultural issues for:
  • Taking a results-based approach;
  • Addressing the scientific challenges currently faced by the UNCCD regarding measurement of desertification and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) impacts,
  • Identifying complementarities between the two institutions which encompass educational, scientific and cultural aspects of sustainable land use in forests and other bio-productive terrestrial systems and water resources management that encompass ground, surface and river water basins;
  • In accordance with available resources, fostering the proper institutional setting for cooperation including identification of relevant partners, and technical support;
  • Inviting the UNCCD bodies, as well as the relevant divisions of UNESCO to include in their Programmes of Work the respective actions deriving from this joint work plan;
  • Reinforcing their ways and means to report to respective UNESCO and UNCCD governing bodies

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