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Civil Society voices its priorities for COP10, plus poverty and the Rio Conventions

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.

The Committee of the Whole considered budget and programme issues as well as the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification. The Global Environment Facility held a question and answer side event. Also a side event was held for the International Symposium on Regional Forest Cooperation through the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization put on by the Korea Forest Service.
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.

Photo credit : Franz Dejon/ENB/IISD Reporting Services


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