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Welcome to the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace: a joint effort between the Secretariat, UNEP & the GEF

The UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) Capacity Building Marketplace brings needs and possible solutions together, linking demand for and supply of capacity building within the framework of the UNCCD for all concerned directly or otherwise with the UNCCD process.

The UNCCD is one of the three Rio-conventions, resulting from the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It was established in 1994, as the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management and mitigating the effects of drought. And, with the international community striving positively to the goal of achieving a land degradation in accordance with paragraph 206 of “The Future We want” (the final outcome document of Rio + 20), the Capacity Building Marketplace is dedicated to supporting the development of all capacities necessary for this goal to be achieved.   

Desertification means land degradation in the drylands. It is a gradual process of soil productivity loss and the thinning out of the vegetative cover that occurs as a result of human activities and climatic variations. Approximately 1.5 billion people globally depend on degrading areas for their livelihoods, and nearly half of the world’s very poor (42%) live in degraded areas.

The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace addresses the issue of the creation, strengthening and building of capacity, relating to mitigation and adaptation to drought and desertification, in real and concrete ways. The Marketplace provides access to direct solutions for identified needs towards sustainable land management. On these pages users can inter alia, share their experiences and new ideas; have possibilities to increase their knowledge and skills from various sources; shall be informed on what is happening in the world of capacity building globally, and shall be able to have direct influence on the future development of these pages.
The Marketplace: Created for you and created by you
The Capacity Building Marketplace links all existing and emerging supply and demand there are relating to capacity for the meaningful implementation of the Convention, thus making for quick and easy transactions. It further invites them to make their own contributions and so help to  make  this the most comprehensive marketplace of its kind in the world.
The services to be found in this Marketplace include, amongst others:
You can visit the Marketplace for an overview of all services offered.
All visitors are encouraged to make full use of the resources of the Marketplace. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to provide their comments, criticisms and ideas as regards improving this Marketplace, through the” have your say” section.
Supported by the Global Support Programme
The Capacity Building Marketplace supports Country Parties in developing their capacity towards the implementation of the UNCCD, including support for the reporting process. For this the Marketplace operates within the framework of the Global Support Programme, funded by the GEF and implemented by UNEP.





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Richard Byron-Cox , UNCCD Capacity Building Officer

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