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Thursday, 18 April 2013

​In the morning, CRIC11 considered various existing options of best practice collections and knowledge management from CSOs and UN institutions, including:  ENDA, which works with networks of CSOs on sustainable land management (SLM), IPOGEA, which focuses on offering traditional knowledge for SLM, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and UNEP. WOCAT presented their database and vision for joint knowledge management and support platform for SLM. Parties appreciated the many efforts and highlighted the need to unite various fragmented databases and approaches. Some expressed concerns about data quality, its timeliness and availability.

During the second session, the plenary considered policy frameworks for data access. Representatives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) demonstrated information and reporting systems at their respective websites and discussed the questions of comprehensiveness, access, ownership and dissemination of information. Parties discussed clarity, user-friendliness and sharing of data, public access to information as well as possibilities for integrated approaches to reporting across the Rio conventions.  

In the afternoon, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and UNCCD signed a practical partnership agreement to collaborate in the use of nuclear science techniques to help assess land degradation and soil improvements. The Practical Arrangement was signed by UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja and Director of the IAEA’s Division of Technical Cooperation Programme Support and Coordination Ana Claudio Raffo-Caiado. The arrangement will enable UNCCD parties willing to participate in IAEA soil management projects to strengthen the scientific basis of the Convention by applying the science of radionuclides in efforts to improve land productivity and minimize the impacts of drought. 

The side-event, organized by UN Environment Management Group and UNEP, presented the 2012-2018 action plan as a follow up to the Report UNCCD COP10 “Global Drylands: A UN system-wide response”, which was launched at UNCCD COP10 in Changwon. The report addresses the value of drylands and promotes increased investments in drylands.  During the event, among the action plan, one of the priorities presented was the "recapitalization of drylands", a suggestion to shift from a negative message to a positive one, showing successful examples of sustainable land management.

The shift to indicator-based reporting through PRAIS system was an innovative approach to monitor and assess the implementation of the UNCCD and its 10-year Strategy. The side event organized by the UNCCD secretariat in cooperation with UNEP and FAO on “Supporting the reporting and review process under the UNCCD” revealed that the PRAIS helped building capacity for effective monitoring and assessment among the Parties and stakeholders, who so far participated in the reporting process. The event also addressed further needs of reporting entities, particularly Parties and sub-regional/regional organizations, in meeting reporting obligations and making the case for a global support program.

A side event organized by WMO shared notable outcomes from the High Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) recently held in Geneva. One of the highlights in the presentations was the establishment of an Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), which promotes better scientific understanding of drought management; improved knowledge base; drought risk assessment/monitoring/prediction/early warning; and policy planning.

In the afternoon, CRIC11 considered assessment of implementation against the provisionally adopted performance indicators and discussed constraints and opportunities of implementation of DLDD national monitoring systems. Parties also considered improving the procedures for communication of information as well as the quality and format of reports. Parties stressed the need to continue refining the reporting system, improving PRAIS formats, data analysis as well as congruity between national and UNCCD reporting requirements. 

A side-event on “Climate Change Financing Opportunities for SLM in Africa” illustrated the results of capacity-building workshop carried out in Africa to tap into climate change financing mechanisms with a view to mobilizing resources for UNCCD implementation.  Panelists included reps of Tanzania, Ghana and Niger, who explained how the GM helped them link SLM and climate change in the framework of the development of their respective Integrated Financing Strategies and their NAP alignment process. Main challenge identified, among others, is the need to mainstream land and SLM into national development frameworks such as Medium-Term Expenditure plans and Poverty Reduction Strategies.

A side-event “Sustainable land management best practices reporting and decision support: A common global platform” discussed the WOCAT-LADA project. The participants discussed how the WOCAT-LADA tools, including land-use and land degradation maps, participatory expert assessments and case studies help Parties in reporting to UNCCD. 


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