The purpose of developing a comprehensive UNCCD knowledge management system is to address the various knowledge management tasks and needs under the Convention through a coherent, value driven and practical knowledge management architecture and system. Such architecture would aim to provide an organized pathway to information on the Convention, on the implementation of The Strategy, and on the participants in the Convention process, with a view to enabling new synergies, offering additional capacities to widely collect and disseminate knowledge and scale up results.
Effective information delivery and knowledge management is an important aspect in the operational framework of the UNCCD Strategy, including - inter alia - the aim to actively influence relevant international, national and local processes and actors in adequately addressing desertification/land degradation and drought-related issues; to support the creation of enabling environments for promoting solutions to combat desertification/land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought, and others.
The knowledge management system should respond to identified needs and demands, but should at the same time comply with the capacities and resources of the participating stakeholders, including the secretariat itself, to carry out the tasks needed for its development, implementation and maintenance.
Document ICCD/CST(S-2)/6 and ICCD/COP(10)/CST/9 reports on progress made in developing the comprehensive knowledge management system of the UNCCD.
The COP (decision 21/COP.10) requested the secretariat to continue to improve knowledge management, including, but not limited to
- Elaborating an information platform related to desertification/land degradation and drought, building on existing similar information and categorizations where appropriate and useful;
- Carrying out the taxonomy for internal content categorization with respect to the UNCCD;
- Defining criteria and priorities applicable to knowledge management under the Convention, taking into account the results of the knowledge needs assessment;
- Preparing the necessary policies, procedures and guidelines for improving the quality and coherence of information products prepared internally and externally;
- Establishing synergetic partnerships with existing initiatives/networks;
- Encouraging the establishment of links with regional knowledge management systems via existing networks; and
- Identifying flexible strategies for the transfer, development, deployment and use of proven technologies.
The CST was working on traditional knowledge and best practices (Previous Thematic Topics considered by the CST). The Committee to Review the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) in the framework of the reporting process (PRAIS) dedicated its work to the issue of best practices on the implementation of the convention. One theme out of the seven is "sustainable land management technology, including adaptation". Therefore both Bureaus, the CST as well as the CRIC Bureau are requested in the same decision to work together in defining ways to promote the analysis and dissemination of best practices, according to the respective mandates of the CST and the CRIC.