The UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) Capacity Building Marketplace brings needs and possible solutions together, linking demand for and supply of capacity building within the framework of the UNCCD for all concerned directly or otherwise with the UNCCD process, and in particular with the implementation of its 10-Year Strategy.
The UNCCD is one of the three Rio-conventions, resulting from the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It was established in 1994, as the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management.

Desertification means land degradation in the drylands. It is a gradual process of soil productivity loss and the thinning out of the vegetative cover that occurs as a result of human activities and climatic variations. Approximately 1.5 billion people globally depend on degrading areas for their livelihoods, and nearly half of the world’s very poor (42%) live in degraded areas.

The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace addresses the issue of the creation, strengthening and building of capacity, relating to mitigation and adaptation towards drought and desertification, in real and concrete ways. The Marketplace provides access to direct solutions for identified needs towards sustainable land management. Marketplace users can inter alia, share their experiences and new ideas; have possibilities to increase their knowledge and skills from various sources; and shall be informed on what is happening in the world of capacity building globally.

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