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United in the combat against desertification: the UNCCD Secretariat appoints a new consortium for the organization of its next scientific conference to be held in late 2014

Five key research networks and institutions, working in the field of desertification and land degradation, are joining their efforts under the umbrella of the "Scientific & Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development" (STK4SD) consortium, to support the UNCCD Secretariat in the organization of the 3rd UNCCD scientific conference on “Combating drought, land degradation and desertification for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”.

The STK4SD consortium brings together:
  • Agropolis International, a French association, supported by the State and the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council, working in the field of agriculture, food, biodiversity and the environment, with a focus on Mediterranean and tropical regions.
  • DesertNet International, a scientific network for international research on desertification, offering a platform for science-policy dialogue across the world.
  • The CGIAR Consortium, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.
  • The Sahel and Sahara Observatory, an independent international organisation based in Tunisia, founded in 1992 to improve early warning and monitoring systems for agriculture, food security and drought in the Sahel and Sahara regions of Africa.
  • The Instituto Argentino des Investigaciones de las Zonas Aridas (IADIZA), an Argentinean institute of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) conducting scientific research to better understand and explain the structure and functioning of drylands, and promoting the links with the society through transfer, capacity building and training.

In addition, several other organizations have already expressed their will to support the STK4SD consortium and the UNCCD Secretariat in their task of organizing the next UNCCD Scientific Conference, by becoming associated partners of the STK4SD consortium: the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the Nucleo Ricerca Desertificazione, a research group from the University of Sassari in Italy and the Chinese Academy of Forestry. The consortium remains open to other associated partners who would like to join and help making this conference a full success.

As such, the STK4SD consortium concentrates high level scientific expertise, provides relevant experience and skills in the organization of scientific conferences and shows a very long history of close engagement in the UNCCD process. By covering all the geographical areas concerned by the conference topics, the STK4SD partnership demonstrates strong capacity to mobilize resources from relevant networks, organisations and civil society stakeholders at various levels.

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