COP10 considered the inclusion of activities by non-governmental organisations within the official programme of work of the COP. Civil society organisations were invited for an open dialogue session.
Patrice Burger, Executive Director, CARI
(France), represented civil society organisations as moderator of the session. At the session members of civil society focused on discussing five main issues they felt needed to be addressed further by the COP. Rachel Harris of WEDO
(United States) spoke about Gender mainstreaming to ensure Sustainable Land Management and to effectively combat desertification. Seyram Aqbemenya of ICLEI
(South Africa) discussed enhancing adaptation for sustainable land management in this rapidly changing world. Subrata Bhattacharya of GraminVIkas Trust
(India) talked about partnership - possibility, challenges, opportunity. Noel Oettle of Environment monitoring group
(South Africa) presented a holistic approach to funding sustainable land management: challenges and opportunities. And Khadija Razavi of CENESTA
(Iran) discussed land grabbing: how the process of grabbing millions of hectares of fertile land from peasants, pastoralists and indigenous people is proceeding in the rest of the world.
At the Rio Conventions Pavilion
, the day's theme was poverty reduction and the Rio Conventions. The Global Mechanism
hosted a World Café conversation on integrating sustainable land management into climate change financing. The UN Environment Programme
sponsored an event on tools for modeling, measuring and monitoring carbon benefits in GEF
projects. Next, the UN Development Programme
hosted a programmatic approach to building capacities for sustainable land management in least developed countries and small island developing states. Finally, the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity
hosted an evening event, Health Planet, Health People: mainstreaming biodiversity for development, poverty eradication, health and gender equity.