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The Science-Policy Interface (SPI)

The establishment of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) was decided by the Conference of the Parties at its eleventh session (decision 23/COP.11 and its corrigendum) with the goal to facilitate a two-way science-policy dialogue and ensure the delivery of policy-relevant information, knowledge and advice on desertification/land degradation and drought (DLDD).

The SPI is expected to make science effective in the policy-making process of the UNCCD. It comprises a body of globally renowned DLDD and political scientists, who will identify the needs for scientific knowledge, explore mechanisms for addressing them and present findings to policymakers in a language that can be used to mold effective and sustainable land use policies to secure land productivity.

The work of the SPI is guided by the objectives of its work programme. During the biennium 2014-2015, the SPI has been working on the following issues and will report the outcomes to the twelfth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) in October 2015.

  • Monitoring the contribution of sustainable land use and management to climate change adaptation/mitigation and to the safeguarding of biodiversity and ecosystem services (ICCD/COP(12)/CST/3 and ICCD/COP(12)/CST/INF.1)
  • Translating the outcomes of the UNCCD 3rd scientific conference into policy-oriented recommendations (ICCD/COP(12)/CST/2)
  • Assessing the policy impacts of the UNCCD 1st and 2nd scientific conferences and proposing institutional arrangements for the improved provision of scientific advice to the UNCCD decision-making processes (ICCD/COP(12)/CST/4 and ICCD/COP(12)/CST/INF.2)
  • Contributing to the scoping of the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration conducted by the IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) and establishing a collaboration mechanism between the SPI and the ITPS (Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils) (ICCD/COP(12)/CST/6 and ICCD/COP(12)/CST/INF.4)
In addition, the SPI has developed a draft work programme for the biennium 2016-2017 for consideration by the CST (ICCD/COP(12)/CST/6).

Do you want to know more about the SPI? Have a look at this presentation.


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