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Scientific Knowledge Brokering Portal (SKBP): Awareness, Guidance, and Access

There 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 policymakers.

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), and AGRIS  and TECA from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UnitedNations (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. 

 

 

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