is a vast amount of valuable knowledge related to sustainable land management
strategies that can be used to combat desertification, land degradation and
drought (DLDD). This information is not easily accessible to land managers and
The Scientific Knowledge Brokering Portal (SKBP) is a
knowledge tool that will connect users to global knowledge and information by
acting as a “bridge to bridges.” It is intended to become a dedicated search
system that will allow individuals to rapidly and easily locate the information
they need to address poverty alleviation, food security, and land regeneration.
The SKBP will simplify and consolidate the information retrieval process for
knowledge on desertification, land degradation and drought.
The SKBP will address many
knowledge gaps on global sustainable land management practices. At a basic level, the SKBP interactive knowledge base map prototype is intended to help build awareness on available knowledge resources
reported by country Parties during the UNCCD biannual reporting process. Eventually, the SKBP will also aim to provide
guidance on how to navigate through the information reported in these knowledge
resources. Finally, the SKBP will also provide access to SLM best practices,
scientific documents, and grey literature through a dedicated search portal.
For the development of the SKBP, the United Nations
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will partner with a suite of
global partners who are committed to contributing to the development of the
SKBP, including (a) global, national, and sub-national DLDD knowledge
providers, and (b) related knowledge management system developers.
A number of co-operators have already started working with
the UNCCD on developing the SKBP Pilot, which was started in January 2014. The World Overview of Conservation Approachesand Technologies (WOCAT), World Soil Information (ISRIC), Consejo Superior deInvestigaciones Científicas (CSIC), as well as AGRIS
and Technologies and Practices for Small Agricultural Producers (TECA) from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are making their knowledge bases available. In addition, the Jornada Dryland Research Program, United States
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) is contributing expert
knowledge and will allow us to leverage many of the tools being developed as
part of JournalMap and the global Land-Potential Knowledge System.