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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 it 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 Terms of Reference of the SPI were adopted by the Bureau of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST) at its meeting on 4-6 February 2014.

At its inaugural meeting held in Bonn from 24 to 26 June 2014, the SPI adopted its work programme up to the twelfth session of the COP (fall 2015). The SPI work programme focuses on the following objectives:
  • Bringing to the other Rio conventions the scientific evidence for the contribution of sustainable land use and management to climate change adaptation/mitigation and to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • Increasing the effectiveness of the UNCCD scientific conferences in delivering policy relevant information, knowledge and recommendations;
  • Ensuring that the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration conducted by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is of relevance to the UNCCD and its Parties;
  • Cooperating with the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) process in areas which are of relevance to the UNCCD and its Parties.

The second meeting of the SPI took place from 7-8 March 2015 in Cancun, Mexico. The SPI reviewed progress on the current work programme and discussed elements for its future work programme for the period 2016-2017.

The second meeting was held back to back with the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference. SPI members played a significant role at the conference as keynote speakers, facilitators and rapporteurs.

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


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