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Ms. Hori

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

The aim of this session was to present summaries of each of the day’s panel sessions. The three moderators reported the outcomes of their own panel session and shared their views. Ms. Hori of the UNCCD moderated the session.

Dr. Thomas highlighted the profound statements from the morning session: land degradation as a local issue with global consequences; an axiomatic relationship between the CBD and UNCCD Conventions; biodiversity loss, climate change and land degradation as a vicious cycle; the challenges of overcoming a compartmentalized approach to the implementation of the three sister Rio Conventions whereas there is no separation at the local level; and the needs for an integrated approach when addressing the issues, for high-level political commitment, and to facilitate communication and focus on the underlying drivers.

Prof. Yamanaka drew attention to the need for local/community participatory approaches, exploring innovative strategies for agrobiodiversity and income, and conducting gap analyses in biodiversity conservation and their representations. He also noted the importance of studies that focus on eco-regions, monitoring key species and the biodiversity of eco-regions, and approaches to restore plant and animal species.

Making the closing remarks, UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Gnacadja thanked the moderators for their contribution, urged participants to carry the message to those absent and stressed the need to mainstream what others consider to be externalities. He announced that Land Day 4 would take place in Bonn, Germany, in June 2011. He closed Land Day 3 with a quote from The Forgotten Billion, a new study by UNCCD and the UN Development Programme that claims: “for too long, the drylands have been overlooked by political and business leaders the world over. Now is the time to reverse this history of neglect. Spotlighting drylands offers great untapped potential, certainly in terms of MDG achievement but also because many of our planet’s drylands represent some of the last great frontiers for economic development.”

 

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