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Additional information

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Understanding the additional information needs
Reporting on additional information will feed the iterative process aimed at improving the reporting process and related methodologies. The secretariat and the GM will analyse the information provided by Parties and other reporting entities in order to make targeted proposals to the CRIC, on how to further improve the reporting and review process, enhance the transfer and sharing of information submitted to the COP, and improve reporting methodologies.
The additional information section of the template is divided into two subsections:
§     Reporting process-related issues;
§     Reporting on specific COP requests.
Reporting process-related issues
This section deals with the enabling environment that facilitates at the national or institutional level the reporting process, that is, the financial resources needed to meet reporting obligations, the human resources and the specific knowledge to fill in the templates and coordination to consult on and verify the outcome of data collection and processing.
Financial resources
The questions relate to financial resources that are needed to meet the obligation to report. For ACPs this may be financial resources made available through the enabling activity funding or other bilateral or multilateral aid, but it also includes domestic funding made available from national resources. Naturally, for developed country Parties the question tries to elicit whether sufficient funding is made available for reporting to the Convention since some countries may also face problems in allocating funding to this exercise. In order to assess the cost-efficiency of reporting, the section also requires you to estimate how much money was invested in the reporting process.
Data needed
Budget documents and/or list of expenditures that capture costs of reporting to the UNCCD secretariat.
Data sources
§     Budget documents that deal with the reporting process;
§     Budget estimations contained in documentation provided to the GEF on enabling activities.
Human resources
This section tries to capture how long it takes to complete the process of reporting, including data collection, data processing and inputting into the template. You are requested to identify the number of persons having worked on the report and the time that they spent.
Data needed
§     Estimates of time spent by persons working on the report in your government or your institution/organization.
Please note that, in case you are relying on consultants, the amount of time that you have engaged them for should be indicated.
Data sources
§     Consultancy contracts, internal arrangements to track the time spent on the reporting process within a ministry, organization, etc.;
§     Budget documents and/or list of expenditures that capture costs of reporting to the UNCCD secretariat.
This is a simple ‘yes or no’ question that aims to determine whether you have had the necessary skills to report to the fifth leg of UNCCD reporting (2014–1015), or whether you had to rely on external sources such as consultants to do the job.
Experience has shown that reporting on UNCCD issues requires a great deal of data acquisition and coordination with other ministries, civil society organizations etc. This is a simple ‘yes or no’ question that aims to ascertain whether coordination between involved actors was easy and satisfactory or whether improvements are needed.
This section applies to ACPs, and SRAP and RAP reporting entities.
Participation and consultation
The UNCCD is focused on participatory approaches that enable full engagement of all relevant stakeholders dealing with DLDD. As part of the reporting process, country Parties are requested to engage those stakeholders and encourage them to provide input and contribute to the reporting process. This is a simple ‘yes or no’ question that aims to understand whether or not in your opinion participation and consultation was satisfactory.
This section applies only to affected country Parties.
As part of the report submission process, country Parties are expected to undergo a validation process during which national stakeholders are consulted on the findings of the report. This may be done through a validation meeting or simply through e-mail exchanges. This is a simple ‘yes or no’ question that aims to find out whether a validation process has taken place before submission of the report.
This section applies to affected country Parties, and SRAP and RAP reporting entities.
Subregional and regional processes
The UNCCD, through its COP decisions, has entrusted specific organizations with the duty to report on the implementation of subregional and regional action programmes (SRAPs and RAPs. In order to prepare the SRAP and RAP reports, consultation and coordination between the reporting officer of the SRAP/RAP entity and country Parties is needed. This is a simple ‘yes or no’ question in order to see whether contact was made between the SRAP/RAP reporting officer and your country and whether consultation on the SRAP/RAP report has taken place.
This section applies only to affected country Parties, SRAP and RAP reporting entities.
Reporting on specific COP requests
This section refers to the iterative process that aims at improving the reporting process, in particular the methodology used to report on indicators.
Iterative process on indicators
The Strategy, as adopted by Parties, produced 18 performance indicators against which country Parties and other reporting entities need to report. The performance indicators were designed using the e-SMART criteria, meaning that a performance indicator needs to be: “economic”, “specific”, “measurable”, “achievable”, “relevant” and “time-bound”, in order to be a good indicator. This section provides you with the possibility of indicating whether you have experienced difficulties with any indicator, and providing your assessment of whether each indicator meets the above-mentioned criteria. Please tick the box to indicate that one or more criteria are not fully met.
Any other country-specific issues
This section provides you with the opportunity to bring to the attention of the CRIC issues that may not have been captured in the template. By simply responding to the yes button, the template automatically loads a predefined list of issues that you can tick, and in the free text box you can elaborate on the specific issue that you would like to communicate to the CRIC. If your issue does not fit into the predefined categories, please use the ‘other’ box and use the free text box to elaborate on the issue.

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