In order to strengthen the scientific basis of the Convention, the Conference of the Parties (COP) at its eighth session in 2007 decided that future sessions of the CST shall be organized in a predominantly scientific and technical conference-style format and focus on a specific thematic topic relevant to the implementation of The Strategy, to be determined in advance by the COP (decision 13/COP.8
Since then, two scientific conferences have been organized and the 3rd scientific conference is under preparation.
The UNCCD 1st Scientific Conference
in 2009, in line with decision 18/COP.8
, addressed the priority theme “Bio-physical and socio-economic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management”.
Pursuant to decision 16/COP.9
, the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference
was held in April 2013 under the thematic topic of “Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas”.
The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference
on “Combating DLDD for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices” (decision 18/COP.10
) is already on the agenda, planned to be held from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Mexico.