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Sustainable land management as part of the climate change policy framework: Who benefits?

Sergio Zelaya, coordinator of the unit "Policy Advocacy and Global Issues" at the UNCCD secretariat

Dr Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD, moderated a brief session for the moderators to report the outcomes of the panel sessions.

With regard to synergy between the UNFCCC and UNCCD, Dr Sokona reported the emphasis laid on the :

    *      ownership of ideas, actions, processes and programmes from the national to regional levels
    *      prioritization of actions, which presupposes that parties set the agenda and are proactive
    *      cooperation at various levels in order to minimize the proliferation of actions, and
    *      need for social innovation to transform success stories into processes with broader national and regional impacts.

On the issue of water and the post-2012 climate change agreement, Dr Bogardi reported the issues raised on:

    *      the need for a mental transformation in how water sources are perceived
    *      giving attention to upscaling of actions
    *      the ethical imperative at all levels and
    *      investment in human resources in order to build the capacity to make long-term change

In closing this session, Dr Zelaya noted that participants also made recommendations concerning governance, the cross-cutting nature of the issues, a focus on poverty eradication and economic growth as the primary objectives  and bringing an end to “business as usual.”

Mr Gnacadja expressed his gratitude to participants, “without whom the day would not have been a success,” and urged them to be a “message carrier and multiplier” that bridges the gap between those who know and those who do not know. He announced that Land Day 3 will take place on 23 October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, during the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and then closed Land Day 2 at 6:00pm.


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