The SKBP Pilot has made
many strides since COP 11 was held in Windhoek, Namibia. On 17 June 2014, in celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification, the UNCCD will provide land managers and other
global audiences with an interactive web map that illustrates global
sustainable land management knowledge bases.
The UNCCD SKBP knowledge base map depicts knowledge bases that have been reported as sources of
sustainable land management information by country Parties in biannual reportssubmitted to the UNCCD secretariat. If a knowledge base contains information
about a particular country, the knowledge base will be represented as an icon for
each country that it references.
Each knowledge base
contains a description of the country areas referred to by the knowledge base,
a basic list of themes covered by the knowledge base, and the number of
languages under which the site is made available.
Users can also search for knowledge bases based on
specific criteria, namely by : country name and general thematic areas covering
the following topics: Soil management, Drought, Crop management, Deforestation/
removal of natural vegetation, Over-exploitation of vegetation, Land tenure,
Poverty, War/ conflict, Soil conservation, Agronomy crops, Grazing management,
Reforestation, Water harvesting, Soil erosion, Biodiversity, Water degradation,
and Climate change.
The interactive web map represents the first stage in the development of the SKBP Pilot. Since January 2014, the UNCCD Secretariat, along with key partners have been working toward the development of a complementing search portal that allows users to search across multiple land management in one click. While still under development, this component of the SKBP is expected to improve acces to the world's documented knowledge on sustainable land management practices.