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Success stories

Conserving Mountain Lands: in Loja Province, EcuadorIn 1999, the Live Fences project was honored with the “Saving the Drylands” Award of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Brazil.

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Contact Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) for LAC 

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Acevedo, JACOB
Oficial de Programa Asociado / Associate Programme Officer 

Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
Offices N-27 and N-40, Northern Building, Division of CELADE
Dag Hammarskjöld 3477
Postal Code: 7630412
Vitacura, Santiago de Chile
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The CONALDES contributes to the development and updating of the National Strategy to Combat Desertification and Drought, as well as the National Action Program in Peru.
Lima, 14 February 2014 - . Starting today the Ministry of Environment will chair the National Commission to Combat Desertification and Drought (CONALDES), a Multisectoral Commission which aims to contribute to the implementation of the Policy and Strateg > more
RCU and IOM met in Chile / UCR y la OIM se reúnen en Chile
The International Organization for Migration (OIM) Head of Mission Mr. Norberto Girón and the UNCCD RCU Coordinator Mr. Heitor Matallo had a meeting on February 4th, 2014 at the RCU offices in the ECLAC premises in Santiago de Chile. > more
Awareness raising during the Science Day in Chile
The school Sagrados Corazones de Providencia celebrated the Science Day (9 October) with an intense activity dedicated to Desertification. The LAC RCU has been invited to make a presentation on the UNCCD issues as well as to disseminate materials related > more
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Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in Latin America & Caribbean

Although well known for its rain forests, Latin America and the Caribbean is actually about one-quarter desert and drylands (20,533,000 km2). The hyper-arid deserts of the Pacific coast stretch from southern Ecuador, the entire Peruvian shoreline and northern Chile. Further inland, at altitudes of 3,000-4,500 meters, high and dry plains (Altiplano) of the Andean mountains cover large areas of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

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Latin America & Carribean: Regional cooperation

The Regional Annex for Latin America and the Caribbean strongly emphasizes the need for sustainable development. The Convention to Combat Desertification has strong political support in the region. All countries in the region have already joined the Convention and its issues are becoming part and parcel of the national agendas on sustainable development and combating poverty.

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