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  1. Journalists from all over Africa doing the last preparations for the upcoming workshop.
    Journalists from all over Africa doing the last preparations for the upcoming workshop.
  2. The entrance of Hotel Mouflon d’Or. The venue for the accommodation of the journalists during the 3-day workshop.
    The entrance of Hotel Mouflon d’Or. The venue for the accommodation of the journalists during the 3-day workshop.
  3. 29 May 2012: The first day of the three day workshop. The participants are gathering and chatting before the opening ceremony begins.
    29 May 2012: The first day of the three day workshop. The participants are gathering and chatting before the opening ceremony begins.
  4. Journalists and UNCCD members waiting for the arrival of the Executive Secretary and other dignitaries.
    Journalists and UNCCD members waiting for the arrival of the Executive Secretary and other dignitaries.
  5. The banner of this year’s journalist workshop in Algeria.
    The banner of this year’s journalist workshop in Algeria.
  6. And there he is! Mr. Luc Gnacadja is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
    And there he is! Mr. Luc Gnacadja is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
  7. Excitement building up about the upcoming workshop.
    Excitement building up about the upcoming workshop.
  8. Mr. Luc Gnacadja introduces himself to his colleagues and Algerian authorities, including others such as representatives of the World Bank, the African Development Bank and diplomats.
    Mr. Luc Gnacadja introduces himself to his colleagues and Algerian authorities, including others such as representatives of the World Bank, the African Development Bank and diplomats.
  9. Dr Rachid Benaissa, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Algeria, welcomes Mr. Luc Gnacadja with some cold drinks and pastry
    Dr Rachid Benaissa, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Algeria, welcomes Mr. Luc Gnacadja with some cold drinks and pastry
  10. The meeting dignitaries are loosening up the atmosphere.
    The meeting dignitaries are loosening up the atmosphere.
  11. Gathering in the Conference as journalists make their first acquaintances.
    Gathering in the Conference as journalists make their first acquaintances.
  12. Curiosity – and the whereabouts of the dignitaries?
    Curiosity – and the whereabouts of the dignitaries?
  13. Still enjoying refreshments elsewhere on the premises.
    Still enjoying refreshments elsewhere on the premises.
  14. Settling in… not eager to break up the cheery gathering.
    Settling in… not eager to break up the cheery gathering.
  15. Well, let’s officially start the workshop!
    Well, let’s officially start the workshop!
  16. Mr. Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary makes his opening speech...
    Mr. Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary makes his opening speech...
  17. ...and catches everyone’s attention.
    ...and catches everyone’s attention.
  18. Even the attention of the Algerian Media.
    Even the attention of the Algerian Media.
  19. Dr Rachid Benaissa, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, host and sponsor of the event, makes his welcome speech.
    Dr Rachid Benaissa, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, host and sponsor of the event, makes his welcome speech.
  20. After the opening ceremony the participants proceed to the exhibition.
    After the opening ceremony the participants proceed to the exhibition.
  21. A guided tour of the activities of the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to combat land degradation.
    A guided tour of the activities of the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to combat land degradation.
  22. Crowding by African journalists to learn about the successful activities of the Algerian Government to tackle desertification.
    Crowding by African journalists to learn about the successful activities of the Algerian Government to tackle desertification.
  23. Journalists interviewing participants and experts about their first impressions of the workshop.
    Journalists interviewing participants and experts about their first impressions of the workshop.
  24. Heading back to the conference hall…
    Heading back to the conference hall…
  25. Dignitaries prepare for their first press conference.
    Dignitaries prepare for their first press conference.
  26. Fielding questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
    Fielding questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
  27. Intent listening about Algeria’s strategy to achieve Sustainable Land Management.
    Intent listening about Algeria’s strategy to achieve Sustainable Land Management.
  28. After the press conference – demand for one-on-one interviews with Mr. Gnacadja…
    After the press conference – demand for one-on-one interviews with Mr. Gnacadja…
  29. ….and Minister Rachid Benaissa.
    ….and Minister Rachid Benaissa.
  30. Policy Level – UNCCD and the Rio + 20 Process
    Policy Level – UNCCD and the Rio + 20 Process
  31. Mr. Gnacadja’s presentation on “UNCCD in the Rio+20/Sustainable Development Goal on land –Zero net land degradation”
    Mr. Gnacadja’s presentation on “UNCCD in the Rio+20/Sustainable Development Goal on land –Zero net land degradation”
  32. Opportunity for journalists to get detailed professional introduction about the economic, environmental and social consequences of desertification.
    Opportunity for journalists to get detailed professional introduction about the economic, environmental and social consequences of desertification.
  33. Recording the Mr. Gnacadja’s presentation.
    Recording the Mr. Gnacadja’s presentation.
  34. Getting to the bottom of the UNCCD’s activities.
    Getting to the bottom of the UNCCD’s activities.
  35. To conclude the first successful day of the work-shop the participants jointly attend a Dinner…
    To conclude the first successful day of the work-shop the participants jointly attend a Dinner…
  36. … Algerian hospitality at the Residance el Mithak after an eventful day.
    … Algerian hospitality at the Residance el Mithak after an eventful day.
  37. Networking with international colleagues.
    Networking with international colleagues.
  38. Refreshing cocktails contribute to a companionable evening with interesting conversations.
    Refreshing cocktails contribute to a companionable evening with interesting conversations.
  39. But what would be a work-shop in Algeria without a national delicacy?
    But what would be a work-shop in Algeria without a national delicacy?
  40. A delicious meal enjoyed by all …
    A delicious meal enjoyed by all …
  41. …until nothing was left.
    …until nothing was left.
  42. A cheerful evening the atmosphere was enriched by the presence of all the guests.
    A cheerful evening the atmosphere was enriched by the presence of all the guests.
  43. Lively discussions on the topics of the UNCCD.
    Lively discussions on the topics of the UNCCD.
  44. 30 May 2012 Field Trip to Djelfa Province
    30 May 2012 Field Trip to Djelfa Province
  45. On a sunny Wednesday morning, journalists hit the road to the village of Djelfa.
    On a sunny Wednesday morning, journalists hit the road to the village of Djelfa.
  46. Looking ahead… participants couldn’t wait to reach the destination of their first field trip…
    Looking ahead… participants couldn’t wait to reach the destination of their first field trip…
  47. … enjoying the beautiful landscape of Algeria was part of the spin-off benefits
    … enjoying the beautiful landscape of Algeria was part of the spin-off benefits
  48. With stops along the way to rest and take pictures of the landscape and its vegetation.
    With stops along the way to rest and take pictures of the landscape and its vegetation.
  49. Moving further South of Algiers, the vegetation changes quickly. From forests to plain steppes…
    Moving further South of Algiers, the vegetation changes quickly. From forests to plain steppes…
  50. …to a hilly steppe under rehabilitation…
    …to a hilly steppe under rehabilitation…

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